Father Of Two Says The Behavior Of Reckless Van Drivers Must Be Curtailed

In picture the van HS 308

A father of two children said he really can’t say what he would have done on Saturday 2nd June,  2018, if the driver of minivan, HS 308, had hurt any members of his family.

On Saturday while returning home to Glen, with his wife, kids, along with three other family members, the driver of a Nissan Carivan minibus appeared behind his car and began agitating to pass.

The man said that on careful examination through his mirror there were no hazard lights; neither did he hear any honking horn, known indicators of an emergency.

He told News784 that he continued on his journey and on passing the Mount Moriah Adventist church and levelling off onto the Prospect main highway he observed a sign that clearly says: “No Overtaking”.

“That is when it got worst”, the man said.

“He began to get ‘wild up’ as we say locally, pushing to force past us with passengers on board! The reckless driving was terrifying I believe, to passengers on board and certainly to my family it was!”

The man said, “He began trying to push us off the road! Vehicles heading to the Windward side were not giving him way”.

“His only alternative was to drive the van in the middle of the road hoping to get past, and like I said there was no signal of an emergency! At one point he almost ran into my side! He had no choice but to pull back”.

The man told News784, “At his only chance to break free he did and slowed down in front of me. If not for my skills I would have crashed into the back of the minivan!”

He said, “An eyewitness to the event described what he saw as frightening! I asked myself, ‘What if?’ “

“I saw a car with kids inside and the driver trying not to do anything rash since other oncoming vehicles were not giving the van any chance to pass.”

“I saw smoke coming from the tires when the van passed the car and had to almost grind to halt in front of it, as if to tell the driver: ‘Run in nah yo bad nah?’ “

The distraught father told News784 that some of these van drivers are becoming quite overbearing with regards their behavior on the streets of Kingstown and of the roads of this country.

He described the situation as one of serious concern to many road users.

“The worst thing of all”, he says, “is that most of the times it’s not their van! They are just driving! Sometimes you ask yourself, ‘How did these people obtain their license?’ Because from all appearances, they seem ignorant of many things concerning the road and the rules that apply!”

“Do you know what was most disturbing?” the father bemoaned. “One passenger in the back seat pushed his head out of the window and began using expletives at me! I am not sure he knew how much danger his life was in!”

The perturbed father told News784 that he was going to find out who owns HS 308, if only to let the Owner(s) of the vehicle know that the Driver is reckless and may one day, not only destroy their income, but kill persons in the process.

“Something”, the man says, “must be done to curtail this sought of wanton behaviour.”

7 Comments

  1. Had we proper LAW AND ORDER in this country, these sort of incidents, would not be taking place.
    Sadly however, these kinds of behaviours, are all too often on our roads but what can we as individual good drivers do, when the authorities fail us?

    • I was visiting SVG in February and travelling with a friend one evening when a van carrying a group of young persons overtook a lorry on a blind corner and crashed into the front of our vehicle. This could have been fatal Police attended and did what they should, I am yet to hear if there has been any action taken by the police for what was quite clear dangerous driving.

  2. Ask the head of the traffic branch how they get their licences. Many of these traffic officers are reluctant to clamp down on these reckless punks because it is alleged that they sell licence to most of these drivers. That may be the reason why they don’t know the rules of the road as the required examinations are not done in instances where licences are obtained illegally. You will see a youth who is a conductor today, being the driver tomorrow. Ask yourself; how does this happen? It should also be noted that many of these vans are owned by police officers ( some current and some former).

  3. This is nothing new.The van drivers are out control the government knows this and is doing nothing about it.Some of those drivers have violations 100 miles long and they are still driving.I often wander what will it take.No one seem to learn from ROCK GUTTER.
    OJ

  4. Sound like road rage..who is SVG don’t know how mini vans operate ,everyone wouldn’t drive at pace
    They have to hustle so it take not even a minute to slow down let them past no stress

  5. It really amazes me that after so many fatal accidents involving minibus, no measures has been put in place to curtail their behaviours. The Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force is lagging behind when it comes to road policing and a lot of other policing related functions that is necessary to keep the country safe. This is very unsettling.
    Sometime ago, I heard the Prime Minister said the Police Force is a good shape. The Police Force can’t be in good shape if you have wide spread corruption such as that which involves the sale of license and nothing is being done to prevent such practices. It can’t be in good shape when criticical areas such as CID are not computerize. It can’t be in good shape when you don’t have a computerize intelligence system where all Officers can input valuable data on crime trends and criminals irrespective of where you or on the Island, where you don’t have vehicles to patrol, when you spend Seven Millions dollars on a patrol boat that will be parked for 80% of the time because you will not be able to afford fuel for it. When you could have easily put two (2) million dollars in vehicles to serve the our communities and five million dollars (5) in smaller more versatile patrol vessels. Where are our priorities as it relates to controlling crime?
    Additionally, the Police Force have not evolved with the many technological advances in the area of road policing. Advances such as Radar and Laser speed technology. As a matter of fact the Police Force have not advance in lot of areas. Quite frankly the Police Force is poorly funded. If you want to know how advance our Police Force is or the shape that it’s is compare it with some other Forces in the Caribbean and around the world.

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