Since the suspension of schools due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, Traffic Department has observed a trend among a number of teenage bicycle riders. It was noticed that these teenage peddle cyclist are in the habit of riding in groups negligently, recklessly and at speeds or in a manner that is dangerous to the general public. It was also observed that these teens are riding without the appropriate gears such as; warning devices, lights, breaks and helmets.
Superintendent Kenneth John, Head of the Traffic Department outlined that on observation of these occurrences officers will signal these teens to stop. However, they will divert into the traffic, gaps or byroads to avoid the officers. Superintendent John stressed that under the Bicycle Act these incidents are offences.
Superintendent John is encouraging parents and guardians to be vigilant and to ensure that all the requirements are adhered to before these young cyclists are allowed to go riding. He further stated that these guidelines are in an effort to reduce any repercussion that can result in serious injuries or even death.
The Traffic Department is therefore soliciting the compliance of parents and guardians as relates to the issue and guidelines. Superintendent John thanked the general public for their continual strong support in this regard.