Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Michael Matthews has given an assurance that riders who break the law are being prosecuted and their bikes are being seized.
Commissioner Matthews made the comment on a recent airing of the Honestly Speaking with host Claude Skelton Cline radio programme in response to the public notion that police are doing nothing about lawless bikers.
“I still maintain that we don’t want to get into the territory of chasing bikes and creating an accident and putting our people’s lives at risk. And one of the things we’ve been telling our officers to do now is to take a photograph of the rider and the bike while committing the offence, and we will catch up through via summons,” Matthews stated.
“The police may well be doing something. It doesn’t mean that we are overtly doing something at that moment in time, but I can assure you that prosecutions are taking place and seizures are taking place.”
New space needed for storage of bikes
To reemphasise his point, Commissioner Matthews further alluded to the crowding of seized bikes now in the possession of police and revealed that a request has been made to the Minister of Transportation Kye Rymer to have a designated area specifically for bike storage.
“One of the conversations I have had with Minister Rymer in the past few months is about us urgently needing an area of land as a compound to put seized vehicles in because the Road Town station and other locations are becoming overcrowded now with the bikes that we are seizing,” he added.
His statements come weeks after local businesswoman and former First Lady of the British Virgin Islands, Lorna Smith, 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.
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