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Jan 7, 2016

ComPol Whylie on Dangers of Drunk Driving

Over the past weeks, there have been multiple road traffic accidents where lives were lost, and alcohol was involved. Alcohol, unfortunately, is almost as much a staple of Belizean life as rice and beans. That translates many times to drinking and driving, and far too often to traffic fatalities. Can the police do more on the enforcement end? Is there a need for stronger penalties as a deterrent? In the wake of a very tragic and bloody weekend on our highways, we asked Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie answered that question. He says that it’s not primarily about drinking and driving, but about driver education and much more than that.

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“We have to understand that it starts with the individual. There is the need for driver education. Whether the Police Department is responsible for driver education I am uncertain. But it starts with the licensing authority to ensure that people are properly trained and qualified to hold a driver’s license. Again, it starts with the individual to ensure that if he is going to drink and drive, he gets a designated driver. Things start with individuals and there are chain reactions. What can the Department do to improve traffic safety? In the past we went into schools. We can review that program to go back into schools. On the meet and greet sessions, Police can speak to persons about decision making and the perils of drinking and driving. We can try to increase in terms of our traffic enforcement and the various checkpoints. I am certain that if they stop people and the people are suspected of drinking they will call for assistance to get them tested. There might be the need for greater collaboration between the department and city traffic for municipalities and National Transport for the highways. There is a Traffic Safety Project that we are cooperating with National Transport and we do have officers assigned to them in terms of the two highway patrol vehicles that they have. It is an area of concern for me and it is something that we will be looking at in terms of what we can do. I will be speaking the commander of operations who is responsible nation-wide for the enforcement of traffic.”

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1 Response for “ComPol Whylie on Dangers of Drunk Driving”

  1. Marie says:

    Yeah, lot the licensing, police, and insurance be involved. The police has to get checkpoint and sobriety tests. If they fail, they should have restricted driving and the insurance increased. A breathalizer machine can also be put in the vehicle. Which means if they have alcohol on there breath, the vehicle won’t start and they can’t drive drunk.

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