In The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has indicated an increase in patrols in the areas of the James Walter Francis Highway in Pasea Estate as well as at the intersection of Administration Drive and Waterfront Drive in Road Town.
This follows the activation of traffic lights in those areas. And according to the head of the Police Traffic Division, Sergeant (Sgt) Augustus Bruce, the measure was taken to ensure that motorists adhere to the traffic lights which were reactivated on Saturday, October 12.
He said: “We’ve been doing checks to ensure persons adhere to the lights. We’ve stepped up patrols a bit in the areas to ensure the safety of the pedestrians when crossing the road.”
Traffic lights a good thing
Sgt Bruce said the reactivation of the traffic lights will ease the tensed situations once faced in those areas daily.
“It makes the traffic flow much easier, especially the traffic that comes out from the Moorings and the portion of the road from the Tortola’s Sports Club. It has always been a challenge for drivers to enter the main road. But with the lights now on stream, they know exactly when they should stop and when they should go and once they are in full compliance of the lights, it should help to regulate the traffic,” Sgt Bruce stated.
In relation to the intersection at Administration Drive, he further said: “It’s a great help because persons are very selfish on the main road, in that they fail to stop to give way to persons exiting from Admin Drive to the main road or persons who are turning into the parking lot adjacent to the Admin Drive.”
Warning for motorists and pedestrians
Sgt Bruce also warned both motorists and pedestrians to play their part on the roadways to ensure that there are no casualties as a result of negligence.
“I would advise patrons to walk briskly once you enter the pedestrian crossing because some people tend to pay attention to their phones and walk at their own pace because they are on the pedestrian crossing. But one needs to realise that the lights are only for a short span. Also, look out for drivers who may not be in compliance with the traffic lights,” he said.
“We are asking the drivers to be cautious in approaching the traffic lights. Not because you see the traffic lights say green that you may proceed, green means proceed, but proceed with caution.”