Investigations from last week’s fatal traffic accident involving a motor scooter and a flatbed truck have revealed that the now deceased rider, Ryan Adams, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
According to Head of the Police Traffic Division of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Sergeant (Sgt) Augustus Bruce, the 20-year-old scooter rider is suspected to have died from injuries to the head and groin.
In an interview with BVI News, Sgt Bruce, therefore, stressed the importance of scooter riders not only wearing a helmet but wearing proper headgear, and in the appropriate way.
“Ensure that it is a helmet that can withstand a fall because there are some helmets that cannot resist a blow,” the traffic cop explained. “One of the things I try to tell the youngsters — just putting a helmet on their head does not take away anything from them. And if you put a helmet on your head and the helmet is not fastened, it does not make any sense.”
He further said: “You might put a helmet on your head just so that the police will not stop you because you are wearing a helmet. But if you get a mishap on the road and should you fall, that helmet is going to fall before you and therefore it will expose your head.
Sgt Bruce also noted that it was against the law to not wear a helmet while riding a motor scooter
Be cautious on sprinkled roads
The top traffic cop also warned all motorist to be extremely cautious on damp roadways, stating that those conditions are more dangerous than when roads are fully wet.
“When the road is just damped, all the mud and whatever remains on the road and therefore it becomes dangerous. And if one is driving and is not taking the necessary precautions, especially the scooters, they can easily be slid off the road; in comparison to a wet road where all the mud or whatever is washed off the road. It is much easier to manoeuvre than a damped surface,” Sgt Bruce explained.
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