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Road Safety Unit to have special outreach for Westmoreland motorcyclists

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 1:56 PM
The Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Kanute Hare, points out that 13 motorcyclists have been killed since the start of the year with seven of the deaths occurring in Westmoreland.

The Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Kanute Hare, says the unit will be mounting a special outreach for motorcyclists in Westmoreland in light of the high number of fatalities.

Hare points out that 13 motorcyclists have been killed since the start of the year with seven of the deaths occurring in Westmoreland.

He further notes that none of those killed were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

The unit’s director says the activities of motorcyclists in Westmoreland are of concern to the agency.

According to him, there is a group of motorcyclists in the parish that goes by the name al-Qaeda.

He says these persons engage in daredevil activities which put their lives in danger.

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Hare says the unit is also concerned that some motorcycles are on the road without licence plates.

According to him, this is an indication that the vehicles are not licensed or insured which makes it difficult to locate the rider in the event of a crash.

Hare adds that a main contributing factor to the number of fatalities among motorcyclists is their lack of practice or prior experience of how to operate the motorcycles.

He blames a lack of motorcycle training programmes in the country to train prospective motorcyclists on how to manoeuvre bikes.

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Hare was speaking at a training session for school crossing wardens put on by Jamalco in Clarendon.