Police to enforce vehicle restriction during Labour Day parade
Bahamas Financial Services Union President Theresa Mortimer yesterday announced that vehicles will not be allowed between workers during the 2019 Labour Day parade.
“We are so pleased that we would’ve had a meeting with the police on Friday past and so we’re happy to say that the police force will be emphasizing safety and enforcing the rules of no vehicle in between the workers on the parade,” Mortimer said during a press conference.
“There will be vehicles at the back of the parade and there will be buses taking folks who cannot march.”
Last year, four people were killed and 24 injured during the 2018 Labour Day parade when a runaway truck struck a group of participants.
Police said the accident took place near the East Street and Shirley Street intersection.
Eyewitnesses said the truck rolled down the street, hitting multiple people as it picked up speed. They also said the driver’s seat was unoccupied.
Mortimer said that this year’s parade will be in honor of the four women who died during last year’s parade.
“This year’s Labour Day celebration will be in memory of our four fallen sisters that died in the Labour Day 2018 tragedy: the late Sister Tabitha Charlene Bethel-Haye, the late Sister Tami Patrice Williams-Gibson, the late Sister Dianne Elizabeth Gray-Ferguson, and the late Sister Kathleen Augusta Rodgers-Fernander,” she said.
In April, when asked about this year’s parade, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said, “What happened last year was a tragedy of the greatest proportions, and again, we wish to extend our condolences to those families. But this year we would like to minimize or eliminate altogether the possibility of a vehicular accident injuring or causing a fatality on the march.”
The Labour Day parade is set for Friday, June 7, 2019.
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