Police concerned at young people flouting helmet law

Tuesday May 19, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
Police concerned at young  people flouting helmet law

Teenagers think they can ‘get away with it.

 

Ten young people have been fined $100 each for failing to wear helmets while riding motorbikes.

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said it was the main issue for police this weekend, and a result of police checks around the island on Saturday.

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 25 years must wear helmets – but Pitt says youngsters are not bothering.

“I think they probably think they can get away with it during the weekends but not so much during the week.”

The new compulsory helmet law kicks in on June 26; after that the fine will be $250, irrespective of one’s age.

The mandatory helmet law requires all motor scooter and motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear approved helmets.

The public is urged to get used to wearing helmets, as well make their orders or purchase their helmets.

Earlier this month, a helmet saved the life of a 16-year-old boy who was involved in an accident in Nikao. His head had hit the windscreen of an oncoming vehicle.

According to a witness, the teenager was wearing a helmet and that saved him from serious injuries. 

Other road safety provisions are already in effect: such as a 250mcg breath alcohol limit, and bans on using headphones and cell phones while driving.

 

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