Motorists driving into West Grand Bahama will now notice a newly erected sign, reminding them of the importance of brain and road safety. The signage, erected by The Pilot Club of Lucaya on Tuesday, March 5, and is geared towards sensitizing motorists and pedestrians, alike, on the importance of safety.
Betty Smith, president of The Pilot Club of Lucaya explained why the organization decided to erect the sign at this time. “The month of March is being recognized as ‘Brain Awareness Month’ in Pilot Clubs internationally, all of the Pilot Clubs worldwide. Today, we are here to erect a sign at the entrance of the Eight Mile Rock corner, to promote brain and road safety in the western community.
“We know that there are many motorists throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in particular on Grand Bahama and there is no sign in the Eight Mile Rock area to promote this. So, we are partnering with the West District along with Member of Parliament (Central GB), Iram Lewis and Local Government to bring more awareness to road safety and brain safety, throughout the Western District,” stated Smith. Lewis, an architect by profession, was present with members of The Pilot Club of Lucaya as they erected the sign in his constituency.
“We designed the Bahamas Building Code, with the main reason of preserving life and the safety of persons. In so doing, the Road Traffic also implemented its Act and again a major component was the preservation of life. We all know that vehicles were made for transportation, but if they are used improperly they can cost lives.
“The fact that this sign has been erected today will serve as a reminder that we are to obey the law and if we obey the law, persons must particularly abide by the speed restrictions as well as while on bikes, to wear helmets and safety gear. You would have saved a life, a family, a community and of course, an entire nation,” said Lewis.
“I am indeed grateful to President (Betty) Smith and her members from The Pilot Club of Lucaya, for this wonderful gesture. It will go a long way to ensuring that persons are reminded that we are to obey the law. If you disobey the law or disobey the speeding signs two things can happen – one, you can be fined for going too fast and secondly, it can cost someone their life.
“Once again, I appreciate this partnership and I look forward to partnering with The Pilot Club of Lucaya on more initiatives,” Lewis added.
West Grand Bahama Administrator Cristian Palacious and other Local Government representatives were also present for the unveiling of the sign.