Editorial: Normal and necessary risksPOSTED: 08/5/11 1:18 PM
Judge Mr. A.N.G.N.E Mijnssen made a salient point in a ruling he made on Thursday in which he turns down a request to block the start of work on the Welfare Road in Cole Bay. The judge tells the plaintiffs – Plutox Distributors N.V. and Saint Martin Cars Plus N.V. – that road maintenance and construction of facilities are a “a normal business risk” and so they are not due any compensation.
One can easily understand that this is true. What is also true is that while there is some inconvenience to having half of a major road like the Welfare Road closed, one has to see that it is the only real compromise on offer. The reason we say this is that closing the road will also lead to more congestion when people have to leave any of the areas beyond the Daily Extra and head to Philipsburg.
What also needs to be considered is that by leaving half the road open the government has a created a safety risk for those who will be working in the area. Let us remember that not all drivers are saintly and responsible and could very well hurt or kill someone because they get their jollies from speeding or have to race between point A and point B because they did not plan their schedule well.
It is good news that Judge Mijnssen has placed national interests above personal interests and we hope that the businesses who filed the suit can now do the same.