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Speed bumps ‘very dangerous’ – de Castro

Talk Show host, Courtney de Castro said the many speed bumps located in East End could prove dangerous for emergency responders. Photo: VINO/File
The speed bump erected near the roundabout at Prospect Reef in late May, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
The speed bump erected near the roundabout at Prospect Reef in late May, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host, Courtney de Castro has shared his solidarity with a resident in expressing concerns about speed bumps along the East End roadway extending towards the Terrance B. Lettsome airport.

The caller made his feelings known on the Speak Your Mind TV show aired on June 22, 2013 and stated that he encountered at least ten speed bumps along the roadway from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College to the airport.

Meanwhile, de Castro said, “I am like you, I am concerned about it as well, I think it’s too many speed bumps.”

The host called for the introduction of an alternative to the speed bumps and added that “for fire fighters, police, the ambulance and other emergency services, it must be very dangerous as well.”

According to de Castro, the Virgin Islands needed to look beyond the use of speed bumps as the only alternative that can change the philosophy of drivers that they can “speed anywhere, any time”.

He noted that there were other areas too which possessed a multitude of speed bumps and the caller chimed in immediately to say that Sea Cows Bay was another area of concern to him.

A new speed bump was erected late last month near a roundabout at the Dolphin Discovery entrance shortly after the occurrence of a non-fatal vehicular accident at Prospect Reef.

Attempts to contact the Director of the Public Works Department, Mr Jeffrey Skelton, about the reason for the newly installed speed bump were unsuccessful.

However, a member of the Traffic Department of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), who had wished to remain anonymous, told this news site that the Department is not normally consulted when speed bumps are erected.

21 Responses to “Speed bumps ‘very dangerous’ – de Castro”

  • Eagle Eye (25/06/2013, 14:16) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    for every speed bump we have to pay more for gas
    • ann (25/06/2013, 16:53) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      How come when he was at PWD he never one day say that? strupps
      • bump (25/06/2013, 19:45) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
        His face look like a speed bump.....
        • 360 (26/06/2013, 06:30) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          Please "bump," raise your level of awareness - absolutely no need to reduce a relavent civic matter to personal attacks.
          He has and is contributing to the community. What's your contribtion? Lets alkabout that....
      • Oh NOW You See (25/06/2013, 19:50) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        I agree with you "ann", because when Mr deC was Director at PWD, I called him one day and reported to him that some of the speed bumps were being constructed too high off the ground, and that they were causing my car of average height to touch each time I passed over certain ones. He responded that they were built for a purpose. The case was closed. Now that he is no longer in the head position to oversee the construction of speed bumps, he knows that they are "very dangerous?" What do we call that, when one can do something positive, but lacks the will to do so? The missed opportunity?
  • ai ya yi (25/06/2013, 14:27) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Can't please ayo a tall...when de driver dem broking the speed limit u complain, when the noisy scooter dem a over tek vehicle speeding on a stretch yuh complain, now yuh complain when the speed bump a slow down de traffic, and say emergency workers don't respond quick enough? Yuh sure it is the speed bump yuh want blame.
    • sayingso (26/06/2013, 10:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agreed with you we need them to slow down motorist However, there are too much speed bumps for real they need to reduce them in the East End area for real
  • pat (25/06/2013, 14:44) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    instead of speed bumps how about more warning signs of hidden driveways etc? We don't always have to have bumps and for those we need, make them flatter/ wider and painted so we don't kill the suspension.
  • critical (25/06/2013, 15:29) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Speed bumps are good where they are because to long now safety have been in the hands of drivers and it has not gotten any better .......... drivers driving to reckless and speed bumps is the only way to slow down reckless drivers for the safety of people..........where most speed bumps are located those areas are heavily traffic by pedestrians . Its so baad now most drivers don't have when a driver stop to let someone cross the road you still have drivers trying to overtake that vehicle resulting many near cant replace life so think safety first.........
  • Fin (25/06/2013, 15:44) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    People do you know how many accidents we had by that dolphin discovery place???? We do need the speed bumps because we have so much reckless drivers on our island. This should not have even been news struuuuppppes.
  • dead man (25/06/2013, 17:37) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Courtney de Castro is another word for 'confusion'...
  • ------------ (25/06/2013, 18:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Scoot around (25/06/2013, 18:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The bumps need widening so that those reckless scooter riders can not simply go around them. They need to be slowed down too, especially as there is a lack of helmets being worn. Perhaps this will save a few mashed heads, though from what I see, the ignore all traffic law scooter boys are determined to reduce their IQ further anyway.
  • Unbelievable (25/06/2013, 19:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    How are the speed bumps dangerous, Mr. de Castro?
  • trrefdrfds (25/06/2013, 19:51) Like (11) Dislike (19) Reply
  • he next (26/06/2013, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    soon they will give C D a consultancy as hush money
  • . (26/06/2013, 08:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    They need to be painted more often.
  • sales (26/06/2013, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of you only flapping your jaws because most of you have a humongous one.
  • small head (27/06/2013, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    is this a joke or what?

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