The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is currently looking to technology as a new strategy to safely deter bikers from unsafe practices while riding on the territory’s roadways.
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews made the announcement on public radio recently.
“What we are doing now is exploring technology because there is a lot of new technology available on the market these days and one of the things that we are looking at and we’ve been talking to manufacturers about are safe ways to stop motorcycles and motor scooters,” Commissioner Matthews said on the Honestly Speaking radio programme recently.
“It doesn’t exist here in the territory at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t explore those kinds of options,” he added.
The top cop stated that he does not intend to create an environment where police officers are made to chase motorcyclists who break the laws because this can put more lives in danger.
Education and Enforcement
In a subsequent media release on Friday, the RVPF said it would be taking a two-tiered approach to address what it described as a lingering problem around motorbikes.
The first of the two tiers will be a public education campaign to “enlighten all persons about the territory’s road traffic laws and any recent amendments”.
“Thereafter, strict enforcement … The ongoing enforcement aspect will see the RVIPF vigorously targeting breaches of these laws and prosecuting all offenders found committing offences,” the RVIPF said.
A number of residents have expressed concerns about some local motorists, including bikers, who they accuse of constantly breaking the territory’s road laws while traversing the roadways.
Among those individuals were local businesswoman and former First Lady of the British Virgin Islands, Lorna Smith, who called on authorities to intervene in what she refers to as an ‘unbearable’ nuisance brought on by unemployed drag racers during the night-time hours.