Police announce Carnival 2010 route

Deputy Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette speaking at a press conference this morning.

Motorists and music bands have been cautioned to strictly adhere to the Carnival route as ordered by Police Chief Hobbes Jno Baptiste.

At a police press conference this morning, Deputy Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette explained the route for Carnival Monday from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Carnival Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bands are ordered to proceed southwards along Independence Street between Kennedy Avenue and King George V Street. Then, they are to move westwards along King George V Street between Independence Street and Hanover Street, northwards along Hanover Street between King George V Street and Kennedy Avenue. From there, they will proceed eastwards between Kennedy Avenue and Hanover Street onto Independence Street.

Vehicles not forming part of organized bands are prohibited from traveling along the carnival route. However, Carrette informed vehicle owners whose homes and businesses are affected by the designated carnival route to be careful when driving along it.

“Where it becomes necessary for residence and business persons affected by the Carnival route to drive across the route, every precaution must be taken to ensure that this is achieved by exercising a maximum degree of caution to
ensure the safety of persons who are expected to be on the said route,” he explained.

Motorists entering into town via the E.C Loblack Bridge up to Hillsborough Streets are also ordered to turn left on River Street and not to proceed any further.

“Traffic entering Roseau from the north on Independence Street as far as Hillsborough Street, and motorists intending to travel east or south of the city may use the stadium link road turn left on River Street,” Carrette noted.

The police have made arrangements for the Botanic Gardens Road to remain open up to 10 p.m. during carnival slated for February 15 and 16. As a result, Bath Road will not be used as a two-way street.

“Remember Bath Road used to be two lanes on carnival days. We are not going to use it as two lanes anymore. The only street which will remain two-way streets is the River Bank between the new market and Upper Lane and Church Street between Bay Street and Cross Street,” the deputy police commissioner added.

Revelers and music bands are expected to give access to emergency vehicles, and any other vehicle, necessitated to drive across the carnival route.

Any violation of traffic signs and the carnival order will result in prosecution.

“Persons who violate the laws on that day will be locked up and will not see the city of Roseau until Ash Wednesday when they will be taken before the Magistrates’ Court. We will be having a zero tolerance policy on law breakers during that day,” Carrette said.

He advised music bands to refrain from playing music from the Roseau Port up to the carnival route as is normally done. They are to drive up with no music and begin playing at the route.

No loud music will be permitted in the zones of the Portsmouth Hospital, the Fire Brigade Headquarters, the Police Headquarters and the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Meanwhile, Carrette reminded the public that the Carnival Order not only applies to Roseau, but to the entire country.

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9 Comments

  1. February 13, 2010

    As an ex-police officer, I do agree with the zero tolerance as it pertains to violence, not only at carnival but throughout the years.

    I have some concerns with respect to certain observations I’ve made during my frequent visits to Dominica.
    I have observed that there seem to be a bit of pedophile going on, specifically among mini bus drivers and young school girls. In my opinion, I think the police should pay some attention to that. I’m aware that the police has a lot on their plate.

    We should not allow our young daughters to be violated by these monsters.There is a lot more I can say.

    Concern Father…..

  2. D/can to the bone( foregin)
    February 12, 2010

    Well done deputy commissioner , you spoke , the people and the carnival goers should respect the law. Zero tolerance good.

  3. SwaGGa
    February 11, 2010

    but wait a while na…allu want young people to enjoy themselves…why carnival hav to be so early…wt nonesense is that???? so many restrictions but still it finishing early….when we just getting into it then it finishing….that is nonesense……

  4. unhappy child
    February 11, 2010

    but what is this …………. alllu never had carnival in allu lives did allu forget when allu was jumpin in ole mas to those slow and really BORING songs …. yaLL better waKE UP CAUSE THIS IS NOT REUNION 88 ok so we should be able to enjoy ourselves just as much time as u did when carnival was from 4 to daybreak ok we have lives toooo

  5. Mr. G.
    February 10, 2010

    i agree with ‘geteducatedppl’. When dominicans learn to behave themselves and enjoy themselves peacefully they will get longer hours. for now it should even be shortened to daylight hours.(and this is a carnival lover speaking)
    @ ‘Young Man in Dominica’. If you young men in Dominica would stop breaking the law so much the police could get around to everything. STOP BREAKING THE LAW!!!

  6. Young Man in Dominica
    February 10, 2010

    Police officers are paid to do a job at the expence of tax payers so let them do it they dont ever do anywork at all anyway

  7. get educated ppl
    February 10, 2010

    carnival should b 6 to 6 dominicans cyan behave dem selves

  8. Homey
    February 10, 2010

    Why you not just asking for the whole year? Wouldn’t it make more sense? Please

  9. Young Man in Dominica
    February 10, 2010

    Canival to early 10 stupes put canival to finish day break

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