The carnage left over from drinking and driving and/or reckless driving on Trinidad and Tobago’s roads has become a norm today. No research has been done yet, according to the Arrive Alive President, to determine how much alcohol consumption contributes to tragic vehicular accidents. However, it seems unmistakable that more than a few of these deaths occur around public holidays and weekends or involve persons who left nightclubs during the early hours of the morning.
Every time a life or multiples lives are lost, especially the lives of children or young persons, the country becomes emotional and the debate begins about who should be blamed and whether the Government is not doing enough to prevent these tragedies. As a society, people do not take personal responsibility for their actions on the road whether it is driving intoxicated, recklessly or without enough rest; and the tragedies keep recurring.
While travelling in a taxi recently, the radio station host asked whether bar or club owners had a responsibility to its patrons to make sure they were sober enough to drive home when they left those establishments.
But bar owners and night club owners are not babysitters for persons who choose to drive while intoxicated or be transported by people who are intoxicated. The responsibility lies with these adults and they should be held accountable for their own actions.
It is true that the Government has a role to play but this cannot extend to people’s behaviour and their bad choices. Thus, I disagree with those who solely place blame on the government for not doing enough to prevent these tragedies.
Individuals must take personal responsibility when they get behind the wheel after drinking or a passenger must recognise if the driver is drunk or tired. Innocent lives continue to be lost as a result of the reckless and senseless behaviour that is pervading Trinbago society. And it disheartens me as a citizen of this country to see what is happening on our nation’s roads.
How many more must die before this society wakes up?