JAM | May 17, 2023

Motorcyclists, let us ride with care

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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The thrill of riding a motorcycle can be an exciting experience for many people, however, this adrenaline rush received from riding a motorcycle can quickly become short-lived without the proper road safety measures.

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable groups of road users who are most likely to lose their lives on the nation’s roadways because of speeding and a lack of proper protective gear.

Since the start of the year, 155 road fatalities have occurred, with motorcyclists accounting for 45 of the total number of deaths.

According to statistics from the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), 141 motorcyclists and 16 pedal cyclists died on roads island-wide last year.

The Road Traffic Act (RTA), which came into effect on February 1, 2023, stipulates that motorcyclists shall at all times while driving or riding on a motorcycle wear a protective helmet.

Motorcyclists who are found in breach on the first offence will be required to pay a fine not exceeding J$2,000.

Anyone found in the second breach will be required to pay a fine not exceeding J$5,000.

Despite the current legislation, too often, motorcyclists and pillion riders are seen riding without the proper protective gear.

The importance of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle cannot be underscored enough. Studies have shown that an helmet can help to prevent brain injury during a collision.

Other proper protective gears such as jackets and gloves, knee shin guards and others are major can also help to reduce injuries and road fatalities.

The number one cause of road fatalites is speeding and overtaking improperly.

As the world observes National Road Safety Week (May 15-21), which is being championed under the theme ‘Sustainable transport’, motorcyclist let us ride with care and the proper protective gear.

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