THE CALL TO CUT OUT indiscriminate burning has fallen on deaf ears, says president of the Asthma Association of Barbados, Rosita Pollard.
She said Barbadians were not taking the effects of this practice seriously but if stiffer penalties were introduced, people would think twice before starting fires.
“If legislation was recently passed to ban people from using cell phones while driving, why this [burning indiscriminately] can’t be legislated as well?” Pollard asked. “I think it would make a difference; if people know they could be charged they would think before they burn.”
Pollard told the DAILY NATION in an interview that that people burnt a number of miscellaneous things, such as leaves or garbage in their backyards, and that grass fires were raising alarm for her organisation. However, it was difficult to identify the perpetrator.
Pollard said that a number of schools were also pleading with Barbadians to stop the practice as it disrupted classes and affected the well-being of students.
President of Citizens Against Burning, Wayne “Poonka” Willock, agreed with Pollard that their pleas for the behaviour to cease was going unheard.
He said he hoped the new Government would take the matter into consideration when drafting any new legislation. (SB)