Laws not suspended during Carnival police say

Andrew said the laws of Dominica remain in effect during Carnival
Andrew said the laws of Dominica remain in effect during Carnival

As Carnival moves into high gear, local law enforcement officials are warning that the laws of the land remains on the books and are promising a forceful presence throughout the season.

“People believe, and have the tendency to believe, once it is carnival the laws are suspended and therefore they can behave any which way, but it is not so,” Superintendent of Police, David Andrew, warned at a press conference on Wednesday. “We will adopt a robust enforcement posture by establishing and implementing an uncompromising, operational strategy through-out the carnival activity.”

He said the police will seek to reduce the probability of any critical incident through a well prepared contingency plan and a security strategy which will include, among other things, crime prevention, intelligence gathering, traffic control and management, security within the city of Roseau as well as the entire country where various Carnival events are held.

According to the lawman, Carnival Monday and Tuesday will be authorized under Section 5 of the Peace Preservation Act, Chapter 15.04, which is expected to be released and published soon.

He said the Act speaks to offensive weapons such as firearms, cutlasses, knives, sticks, stones and bottles as well as the use of drums, horns or any noisy instruments within the radius of 25 meters of a Fire and Police Station and a hospital.

Meantime truckers, who will be plying the Carnival route on both street jump-up days, are being reminded that they must control the number of persons aboard, wheel guards must be mounted on vehicles to avoid accidents and drivers must also be mindful of the spacing between bands and other vehicles.

They must also comply with the height of these trucks to prevent congestion and maintain order on those days.

Andrew is calling on all vendors to remain in their designated areas and have in their possession a food handler’s permit and a liquor license.

Motorcyclists are also being warned to avoid the improper use of the road and home owners, who intend to take part in the various activities, are being asked take precautionary measures to safeguard their homes, property and personal belongings.

He thanked the public for their “unfailing support” in the past and said the police are looking forward to an incident-free carnival this year.

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5 Comments

  1. ATKINSON
    January 23, 2015

    These laws should have been implemented during the elections :mrgreen:

  2. The Evangelist
    January 22, 2015

    There is NO law, No Constitution to stop us from doing what we know is wrong! So “Go to Hell, Go to Hell, Go to Hell,” cause what I do is no body’s damn business!!!

    Don’t say the evangelist is cursing because “I” the Evangelist and other spiritual leaders heard when these remarks were made and applauded. So don’t accuse me of cursing but feel free to accuse me of applauding and for being a team player. But I have my diplomatic passport though!

    • As if....
      January 22, 2015

      Why u so heated?? :-? Relax, you’ll give yourself a heart attck

  3. The voice of god?
    January 22, 2015

    NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM
    I know radio ain’t gonna play this… but I just can’t help but sing it, cause I know is truth.
    Yeah, we hear it so much we probably numb to it by now. After all, it’s the new Dominica way right?

    Our people getting away with murders as if is godly
    yet people get fired for allowing dead crab backs go free;
    We sweeping money thinking it was trash, yet we get promoted for doing what’s wrong
    Child sexual abuse we say we against, but we don’t mind sueing those that call it by name
    We building Villas all over the place, but we using the Christians, cause to them is a testimony (melody)

    We can burn down the house; but when God knows that you did not do anything, he gets you out
    We can do what we know is wrong; but we know god is good all the time
    In years gone by the Church kept us in check, but now the church is worse than we are
    We pay them money to keep their mouth shut cause is money they loved and not Jesus,
    where a the evangelist, pastors,…

  4. derp
    January 22, 2015

    oh really and why is it I see people doing what they want in this country

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