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2 pedestrians hit – scooter riders flee

Scooters seized in the year 2015 by the RVIPF

Scooters seized by the RVIPF. File photo

Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews has declared that his officers will be targeting unlawful scooter riders; this after two incident last week in which scooter riders reportedly hit pedestrians and fled the respective scenes.

According to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the pedestrians were struck “while on pedestrian crosswalks”.

“Both riders fled the scene before police arrived,” added the RVIPF. The pedestrian, in each case, was treated and discharged from Peebles Hospital.

Commissioner Matthews, in a media release this afternoon, appealed for help from the community.

“While there are scooter riders who follow the law, we do have many more who arrogantly violate the law and put pedestrians, other road users, and themselves at risk. Beware that my officers will be targeting unlawful scooter riders and enforcing the law.”

“We ask for the encouragement, support, and cooperation of the public as we ensure that all operators of motor scooters follow the law and practice safety,” added Commissioner Matthews.

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