by DONNA SEALY
BAD DRIVING and too many businesses and schools in and around The City operating at a "similar" time are creating major congestion on the island's roads.
Additionally, said a senior lawman yesterday
at a Press conference, "the improvement in our road network has not kept pace with the increase in the number of motor vehicles using our road".
Divisional Officer in charge of Operations Support with the Police Force, Senior Superintendent Leonard Brome, told reporters there were also more vehicles - registered and unregistered - on the roads.
"In the year 2004, 87 946 motor vehicles were registered with the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW); in 2005 - 108 581; 2006 - 102 272; 2007 -118 200; and up to November 13, 2008 - 126 361. This shows an increase of approximately 40 000 between 2004 and 2008. This works out to one vehicle to just over two persons, given the population status.
"It must, however, be noted that there is an unidentified number of unregistered motor vehicles using our roads. Therefore there are more
motor vehicles using our roads than the level
of registration bears," he said at his office at the District "A" police station.
The lawman, who was accompanied by Acting Assistant Superintendent Leon Blades and Superintendent Whitfield Gittens, from the division, further noted that the decentralisation of business from Bridgetown to Warrens, Wildey and other centres was also seeing "high levels of congestion" and "comprehensive initiatives would have to be developed to solve these".
Brome offered solutions to decongest the roads.
He suggested a "system-wide multi-pronged approach" that would involve MTW, Town and Country Planning, the Transport Authority, police and other agencies and urged both motorists and commuters
to do their part.
He again said that car pooling, a reliable public transport system, park and ride, and a ferry service could be used to address the congestion.
Brome wants the MTW to paint the areas at intersections to "make it an offence for persons to stop on those areas" in an effort to stop the "lock down"
in roundabouts that causes traffic back-ups.
The number of accidents that occur on the roads daily is also a "great concern" and it was reported that speeding, driving without due care and attention, driving without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road, and failing to comply with the traffic signs were the major causes.