...Rage on nation’s roads, says RHA chief
...after witnessing Butler smash-up
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THE process of obtaining a driver’s permit in this country should be reviewed, says chairman of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) Dr Shehenaz Mohammed.
Mohammed, an opthamololgist, was heading south on the highway yesterday morning and witnessed the fatal accident.
She said she immediately called the Chaguanas Health Facility and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) to mobilise emergency care.
Speaking to the Express by phone, Mohammed said the way people drive on the roads in this country was a reflection of the society.
“There is an intensity of rage and selfishness with little respect for law and goodwill,” she said.
Mohammed said time has come to consider implementing a point system which will impact on suspension and revocation of driving permits as well as a driver’s insurability.
“We also need to review the process of attaining a licence and I wish to refer to the Canadian system which is divided in three phases and it is only after driving for five years are you eligible to be tested on highways and freeways before attaining a full licence,” she said.
“Prior to this, one can only drive on highways and freeways in the company of someone with a full licence,” she added.
Mohammed said that driving on highways should be taught and tested before being given a full licence.
“As it stands, we are giving licences to teenagers and young adults, giving them full access to killing machines on killer roadways for which they have never been taught and tested,” she said.
She said further that a lot of healthcare resources, including human resources and ambulance services, are occupied dealing with accidents that perhaps are avoidable by strengthening and implementing road traffic laws.
“Such avoidable trauma takes service away from those who are ill and seeking relief in the Accident and Emergency. Too many innocents, including children, have to pay the price for rogue drivers,” she said.
“As a doctor, as a chairman of a regional health authority, as a citizen, but most importantly as a mother, I am appealing to the authorities to address this with urgency,” said Mohammed.