It is with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart that I write this article. On Tuesday 15th, November, a very dear friend, son, brother, father and husband was slaughtered on the street in South Ruimveldt and left two hours lying in a broken heap like another garbage pile.
He was the victim of an accident that could have been avoided if the driver that snuffed out his life had had his licence revoked after previous encounters with the traffic department.
What has happened to our once efficient traffic officers? Have they forgotten their pledge to serve and protect? How can a vehicle that is involved in a fatal accident be released to the owner hours after the said accident? Why is the driver out on the street after posting the paltry sum of $200,000 as bail?
What is the message being sent to Patrice Welcome’s five children? Are we telling them that the laws of Guyana are not victim friendly, that they should be expected to be hurt over and over again by decisions made by the police and the courts?
Mr. Commissioner, where are we heading? When will you rise up and hold those in your charge accountable for their lax behaviour resulting in carnage on our streets. Our roads are being patched just as the situations that occur on them. There are two police outpost at the Stabroek Market yet buses leave the parks packed with commuters who are threatened if they refuse to allow four instead of three in a seat.
Speeding, raucous music, drunkenness and in many cases drug use contribute to the commuters daily nightmare. When will a department be established where owners of bus and taxis can check the background of the drivers before hiring them? When will errant drivers have their licence colour coded or specially stamped.
How many more have to die before the afore mentioned problems are adequately addressed?
While Patrice Mitch Welcome lies in the grave, the driver is free to write defiant messages on his Facebook page. But God said “To me belongeth vengeance and recompense.” Deuteronomy 32-35.
Rest Mitch everything is in God’s hands.
A concerned citizen
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