Police Urge Compliance With Road Safety After Fatal Accident

Saint Lucia police have stressed the importance of people adhering to road safety measures.

This follows Monday’s fatal accident that took the life of Faux A Chaud resident, Ted Leriche.

Emergency officials said the 25 year old was attempting to cross the Vide Bouteille Highway after climbing the median barrier when he was struck by a car.

It was reported that he had earlier attended the beach event – Vice.

“I urge persons – pedestrians and motorists alike to adhere to the rules and regulations of the road so that we can improve our own safety and the safety of other road users,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, George Nicholas told a news conference Tuesday.

“We are urging persons to use the pedestrian crossings; use the walk-overs – especially in the busy Carnival season coming up. We are going to continue preaching that message and we are hoping that persons would adhere to that message so we can save some lives,” Nicholas told reporters.

The senior police official was asked whether in light of Monday morning’s tragedy, the location where Vice was held is a concern that would affect future events there.

Nicholas said he could not speak about what would happen in the future.

“What I can tell you is when an application is submitted for approval we are going to look at it – we are going to look at the location; the road safety measures that can be put in place and once the location or the venue meets the standard set, it is going to be considered for approval,” he asserted.

“The application was submitted to the office of the Commissioner of Police. The standards that were set were met by the promoters and as a result, the venue was approved,” Nicholas told reporters.

He declared that there was a constant police presence throughout the duration of the show both on the road and at the event.

 

 

 

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. “… We are going to continue preaching that message and we are hoping that persons would adhere to that message so we can save some lives,” Nicholas told reporters.

    How about you (the R.S.L.P.F.) construct policies for jaywalking, revisit the pedestrian crossings in the city by placing more in key areas among other things and submit to Cabinet for implementation into our traffic laws.

    Or is it just to gain fatter salaries you obtain “degrees”?
    And this is for ALL government ministries?

    • It is not the job of the police to make policy. That’s the Government’s. It is the job of the police to enforce laws. And they routinely fail at that. If they are useless at a job they’re supposed to be experts in, how the hell do you expect them to be any good at a job they know nothing about?

      • The Government isn’t the one burning holes in their shoes patrolling the streets. They do not have direct experience on the challenges faced by officers. It’s who feels is; knows it. It’s the Force that must formulate tactics that will better enable them to perform their duties. That is why I said they must revisit what exists and SUBMIT TO CABINET (what they think will assist in carrying out their duties more effectively) for implementation.

        Isn’t this how it works? Heads of Departments draft strategies/policies and submit to Government and their technocrats for approval and implementation at Cabinet and then on to Parliament?

  2. I urge persons – pedestrians and motorists alike to adhere to the rules and regulations of the road so that we can improve our own safety and the safety of other road users,”
    Question is Commisioner what are the rules and regulations of the road. When Driving School Instructors tell drivers to put themselves in the road to force vehecles to stop for them rather than obey the STOP sign, what do u expect. When Driving School Instructors turn right at northwest with learners, what do u expect? When there is no constant traffic police on ground what do u expect, when police don’t have speed guns in 2019 what do u expect. Lv the people alone and 1st Implement policeis to improve on Road Safety. GET SPEED GUNS and CONDUCT REGULAR TRAFFIC PATROL. (not stop for insurance) but stop Bus Drivers and other drivers breaking the rules.

    • Policies are already in place save speed guns. Enforcement is the issue. But what happens when a driving schools instructor gets busted for teaching the wrong thing? Do they get their licenses revoked? And if they do, what happens when their “friend” asks to overturn the revocation? See the problem with this country. Rotten to its core and nobody wants to do their job.

    • That’s similar to what happens when children having children. Drivers with not very much experience become instructors.

      I understand that a driver must have at least 5 years experience to become an instructor. No surprise if they are the same ones who “buy” their license.

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