Raising Awareness in Barbados
Barbados consists of warm and friendly people who enjoy living life on a beautiful island. Some people believe that Barbados is where rum was first distilled and produced. Rum is a part of the island life for many “Bajans,” weaving its influence throughout their lives. Unfortunately, the impaired driving law is not strongly enforced, there is no BrAC (Breath Alcohol Content) Per Se law for impaired driving and underage drinking is not viewed as a serious issue.
Drug Awareness Month is held every January to raise awareness and educate the public on the health risks of alcohol and other drugs. The NCPADD (National Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency) schedules activities and media events during this time.
Over the past several years during Drug Awareness Month, I have been asked to participate in a number of meetings and activities discussing the devastation of impaired driving, the need for a BrAC Per Se law and the dangers of underage drinking. Getting the message out to the public is critical when changing behavior. Speaking to schools, churches, health clinics, and service organizations were just a few of my activities.
In 2014, I was honored to participate the in the following activities:
Speak on underage drinking to classes from the following schools:
I have had the honour and privilege to hear Mr. David Wallace’s presentation and lecture on Road Safety in Barbados. David, being an expert on the subject of Road Safety, and having years of experience in the field, was very knowledgeable about the subject. He held the audience captive with every word coming from his mouth. David was able to create more interest to his listeners and made them aware of the benefits of introducing breath testing.
You have created new ways of going about the agenda and helping us to achieve our goals and to work smarter rather than harder. I want you to know that the people of Barbados are indebted to you in a significant and stellar way and we want this partnership to continue.