The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will soon be enforcing the laws which prohibit jaywalking in the territory.
This is according to Head of the Police Traffic Division, Sergeant (Sgt) Augustus Bruce who told BVI News that the RVIPF will be clamping down on jaywalkers to ensure that residents utilise the pedestrian crossings in the territory.
“Although we have a law in place where persons can be ticketed for crossing the public road where a pedestrian crossing is not installed, very soon it is our intention to start enforcing that section of law to force pedestrians to use wherever a pedestrian crossing is installed,” he said.
Sgt Bruce also appealed to motorists approaching pedestrian crossings to stop and allow pedestrians to cross, as it is an offence if a motorist fails to do so.
“Once a pedestrian is approaching the crossing, motorists are obligated by law to stop to allow pedestrians to cross. They are not obligated where pedestrian crossings are not installed, but once pedestrian crossings are installed, they are obligated to stop and allow pedestrians to cross,” head traffic cop explained.
What the law states
According to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act of 1993, a motorist approaching a pedestrian crosswalk where traffic is not being controlled by light signals must allow “free and uninterrupted passage to any pedestrian” who is on the carriageway at such crosswalk.
“Such crosswalk and such person shall have precedence over all vehicular traffic at such crosswalk,” the Act stated.
The Act also states that a driver shall not cause any part of their vehicle to stop on any pedestrian crosswalk unless they are either prevented from proceeding due to measures beyond their control or if it is necessary to do so to avoid an accident.
Motorists who are found guilty of any of the aforementioned offences listed within the Act are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $250.