“Road safety must be a reliable and safe way to navigate our island and the government has a role to play in the solution,” said Shadow Minister of Transportation Susan Jackson.
Ms. Jackson said, “It is time for the automotive community to be brutally honest. We need to re-examine our responsibility on the roads. Do we have to speed up to get there? Will overtaking really make a big difference in the time it takes to get to your destination. Is your life or someone else’s life worth it? “
“While we may appreciate the services of the Bermuda Police Department, better enforcement on the roads is imperative. In some cases, the police have to save people from themselves.
“For the Minister of Public Works and Engineering, a number of roads in Bermuda are deplorable and require special attention. When will this be resolved? It is not fair for road users to focus on the road while avoiding potholes.
Ms. Jackson called on “W&E, the Road Safety Council, Bermuda Police and Transport to act on the published transport recommendations. The Department of Transportation has produced data-driven actions, but we’ve seen little in these areas.
“Review and update the traffic manual and licensing requirements
“Request Bermuda Police, TCD and Public Works to upgrade existing warning equipment to ensure the highest levels of road safety
“Review the sanctions provided for in the Road Traffic Act 1947 with a view to updating and strengthening them.
“If the government cannot change our culture of driving behavior and ensure that residents and visitors can drive safely to and from their destination, we are failing in our social responsibility. Road safety must be a reliable and safe way to navigate our island and the government has a role to play in the solution, ”she said.
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