were opening the trays containing dead people in the hospital. “No,
that’s not him,” said the mother, disbelieving she was in the morgue
looking for her son, her last child, her baby.
said the attendant, “it’s the handsome one?”
said the mother, “that’s him.”
co-worker told me this story when she returned from the funeral. It was
all the mother had to hold on to in her grief. Her boy was the handsome
wanted to climb into the hearse with his body. She didn’t want him going
into that dark grave alone.
co-worker was fed up of going to funerals of young friends. She’d been
to two this month alone. The last time her friend was one of three killed
when a truck slammed into them.
time, she said, the dead boy went out reluctantly for a lime with his
friend, who lost control of his car and killed them both.
pulled up some Guardian headlines for this year alone that tell of road
deaths. There were hundreds. Here are samples since the beginning of the
killed while crossing road. Driver dies as truck crashes into house. 2
killed, 1 injured in Cocorite crash. Man dies in Beetham hit-and-run. Man
mutilated in Central crash. Arima woman dies in Tobago crash.
on the highway. Accident victim laid to rest. PBR crash victim to be
buried today. Grieving mom’s wailing ends funeral service. Three killed
in crash after beach lime. Soldier killed instantly as car slams into bus.
dies in crash. Man killed in highway crash. Pensioner killed on bus route.
Point Fortin crash claims fourth victim. 2 Women, teen killed in Point
Fortin crash. Dad killed in Debe smash-up. Cyclist killed in Morvant
Man killed, friend injured in crash. Instant death for 3 members of
Death truck brakes inoperative. Truck runs into tree. Two more killed on
nations road. Teen driver killed after beach lime. Arouca man, 23, dies in
crash. Girl, 4, killed by car.
most unsafe country in Caribbean. Man dies in crash; wife, child critical.
Lochans buried side by side. Govt turning blind eye to death traps;
driver gets off on $90,000 bond. Man crushed by trucks on bpTT jetty. Teen
dies in Central crash. 5 killed in one night. Road carnage. Couple killed
a week before wedding. Four killed in highway crash.
victim's funeral today. Accident victim gets wheelchair. Two die in drag
race smash-up on Claude Noel Highway.
list is endless. Private tragedies mount to become a carnage of national,
and international proportions as the Pan American Health Organisation
pronounces T&T as “the most unsafe country in the Caribbean.”
shocking to think that a government rolling in oil money, that promised in
January of this year to bring in the breathalyser, saying the test was
expected to be in Parliament by March, has kicked us once again in the
teeth by making the announcement, and doing nothing after that.
January this year, too, Government claimed that the Police Highway Patrol
Unit, launched in 2000 at a whopping cost of $8 million, was
result is that this year we have more road deaths than EVER. The solution
is so simple, it makes you want to weep at the grinning Transport
Minister, Franklin Khan.
of dead children want to scream at him—Get a motorcycle patrol to stop
every car going above the speed limit. Tighten up on our lousy drivers'
tests which people take at 20 mph and make them rigorous.
tough on those ignorant, bullying truck drivers who drive like they are
blind. Make them bring in an eye test.
fines. After two offences take away licences. Enforce the law. Do your
job. You owe it to the relatives of the dead in the morgues.