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‘Once you start living here & have more time… you notice more’- Ex CoP Matthews

-says there continues to be unsafe practices on territory's roads
Ex-Commissioner of Police, Michael B. Matthews said that now that he is no longer the Commissioner of Police and just a regular civilian in the Virgin Islands (VI) he is noticing more and understanding the anger of Virgin Islanders on certain issues. Photo: VINO/File
The Former top cop was a guest on the December 11, 2022, edition of Talking Points on ZBVI 780am with co-hosts Violet Thomas-Gaul and Damien C. Grange. Photo: Facebook
The Former top cop was a guest on the December 11, 2022, edition of Talking Points on ZBVI 780am with co-hosts Violet Thomas-Gaul and Damien C. Grange. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Ex-Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has said now that he is no longer the Commissioner of Police and just a regular civilian in the Virgin Islands (VI) he is noticing more and understanding the anger of Virgin Islanders on certain issues.

“There is absolutely no doubt about it, that once you start living here and you have more time on your hands, you notice more,” he said on the December 12, 2022, edition of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM with co-hosts Violet Thomas-Gaul and Damion C. Grange.

“You see things and begin to now understand why people get so angry about what at the time, may have just been something amongst a number of things that I would have been dealing with,” he added.

VI roads 'extremely dangerous' 

Turning attention to VI’s roads, traffic and local taxis, he said there remain some very unsafe practices on VI’s roads.

“There are a lot of people that do not understand, for example, the dual carriageway and the fact that you see taxis and cars stopping in the outside lane, which is the overtaking lane, and they'll stop and drop people off right in the path of oncoming traffic.” 

“I've seen taxis stopping in the middle of the roundabout and letting the public off, extremely dangerous. This is not about bashing taxi drivers you know, we've got a lot of very good taxi drivers and doing a great job for tourism and for the territory,” he said.

The ex-Police Commissioner questioned who would be liable if a passenger gets injured while exiting a vehicle at a dangerous point, “You know the driver of the vehicle should be looking for a safe place for that passenger,” he added.

Wrong vehicles for local roads- Mr Matthews 

Meanwhile, he said due to vehicles often coming from the US and the majority being left-hand drive, there are doors on the wrong side, which puts passengers in more danger.

Mr Grange suggested that vehicles transporting passengers should have the correct right-hand drive vehicle for the road and that the road is an unsafe system where the blame should not only be on the drivers.

The former top cop said vehicle drop-off points and pickup locations are also continuously being ignored, which adds to more dangers in road traffic. He also urged drivers to put on their hazard lights if they have to stop, so the traffic knows something is happening. 

28 Responses to “‘Once you start living here & have more time… you notice more’- Ex CoP Matthews”

  • Really Now? (13/12/2022, 11:12) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mic you aint shame to say this?
  • controversial (13/12/2022, 11:45) Like (26) Dislike (29) Reply

    He should be in *&%$@ Balsam Ghut instead of here talking piss. Weak ineffective commissioner.

    • jah (13/12/2022, 17:31) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      No wonder you in a nutshell hiding like a coword..leave the commissioner alone.
  • Hey Mick (13/12/2022, 12:01) Like (43) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vanterpool has a wonderful bar next to village cay stuffed full of eager ladies to take your mind off the wife and the roads.Youll notice if you live here many civil servants and politicians have fine establishments to entertain you
  • lie (13/12/2022, 12:17) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's true. Everything hone haywire. Roads bad, and people driving how they want. Every thing just hirrinle
  • ok (13/12/2022, 12:32) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    This dude really have a nerve to be talking all this rubbish, you did nothing when you were there as a commissioner to alleviate the ills, you just come here like all your other colored people to just eat a food.
  • justin (13/12/2022, 12:56) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    the former uk employed needs to speak out more often and you will see how quickly mr politician gets cracking

    me and you will talk til the cows come home and not a ting will get done by those we put in electoral office

    former commissioner speak out about the poor roads ways also the poor police presence in public areas and lets get some action

    the small might get action because there might be an upcoming election after elections dog-dead
  • The watchdog (13/12/2022, 13:09) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    he is a good talker but do not trust he as he close to the two we want gone John and Mark!
  • Citizen (13/12/2022, 13:14) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    What is he still doing here. Oh I forgot unemployment on the rise in the UK 3.7% WOW.
    • Jane (14/12/2022, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think the former Commissioner is now receiving a nice police pension for all his long years of service. Not sure he is worried about unemployment.
      • Citizen (14/12/2022, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Long service to who? Note the BVI, the UK is who he gave his long service to not us.
  • Why (13/12/2022, 13:51) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why was this man not investigated? What job they promise him now?
  • ccc (13/12/2022, 14:02) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    How the hell a white man here for 6 years end up on a board bvi people weak and fool fool
  • @ david matthews (13/12/2022, 14:19) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
  • talk & talk (13/12/2022, 14:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wait til jasper shows back up
  • Native Citizen of the UK (13/12/2022, 15:52) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    The roads in the UK is worse than BVI roads check this out
    • Ditty bop (13/12/2022, 16:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      That’s not the point. We on a small 24 square mile island and don’t have 1 Mike if good road.
  • Stupes (13/12/2022, 16:25) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    All this mess at the roundabout was going on under your watch and nothing was done about it. Robo Cop was doing a good job right there keeping the traffic moving, and for whatever reason (can't remember if it was under your tenure or not) he was pulled from that strategic position.

    Tired of people around this joint just paying lip service.

  • PHILLIP (13/12/2022, 17:38) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    First of all people need to stop standing next to the round about waiting for taxi,they are disturbing the traffic when people stop for them..they need to walk to super friend who live here for 18 years and that is what he do when he need a ride..
  • 2 pac (14/12/2022, 06:16) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Jesus, what a mumu this man is. No shame what so ever. If he was focus on being a good commissioner of police and not focus on hurting the BVI as a country the lie he trying to put forward might of work or made sense. Show some integrity and go home back to the UK. Wicked, worthless man.
  • Absolutely no vision (14/12/2022, 06:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is what happens when you have politicians with absolutely no vision. How could you put in place bus services in the heart of Road Town without a proper bus stop area????? I know our minister are busy traveling around the world and even the Caribbean Islands and witnesses with their own eyes proper buy stop area. I don't know why in this modern day of technology why we have people in BVI all lined off around Road Town like sheep waiting to just jump on and off busses in the middle of the road. Yet they could come up with solutions to winden the roads to put this lane and that lane to accommodate more traffic, my God with all the brilliant minds could none of your engineers come with some solutions to cut into that sidewalk areas between the round about or behind the old culture center area to place a modern day bus stopp?????? Even third world countries have bus stops, Minister of Transportation please do something about this for 2023.
  • Poor Planning (14/12/2022, 06:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Government even put in that shuttle service without a proper bus stop area. I have witnesses that shuttle having to pick up people and the traffic has to be stopped because there is no bus stop area no where in Road Town. So people stop getting distracted with your grievance for the former Commissioner and focus on the real issues, WE NEED BUS STOPS
  • Yup (14/12/2022, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Live here long enough, we realize nothing change. White people the boot, black people the ant. The bible says the stone the builder refused will be the head cornerstone.
    Soon come.
  • josiahbay (14/12/2022, 09:17) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Switch to right-side driving and 75% of the problem will be solved.

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