NASSAU, The Bahamas – The importance of drinking and driving responsibly was underscored to students of the University of The Bahamas (UB) during a forum Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
The university’s Office of First Year Experience and Programmes along with Commonwealth Brewery hosted the open forum at Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre, Auditorium. The theme for the event was “When you Drive, Never Drink.”
Panelists included: Chante Deal, UB student representative; Solomon Cash, Director, UB Police and Security; Quinton Bethel, UB Police and Security; Michaela Munnings, Commonwealth Brewery; Leonard Burrows, Assistant Superintendent, Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF); Chief Superintendent David Lockhart and Ricardo Woodside, Emergency Medical Technician. Chief Superintendent Lockhart told the freshmen, “As young persons you need to be very careful because if you do get in a crash and it turns fatal, the charges are very severe. Vehicular manslaughter carries anywhere from 5
to 15 years jail time. There is no more $10,000 fine in the present law for vehicular manslaughter. If you have to drink, don’t drive, or find a person you can designate to be a driver.”
Assistant Superintendent Burrows pledged the support of the RBPF, and urged the students to be their brothers’ keepers. “The police is here to support you and safeguard lives, but we also need your support,” he said.