Video shows near collision on Cavendish Road
A driver's “wanton disregard” for the safety of other road users was caught on camera and shared on social media, police said yesterday.
The Bermuda Police Service warned that someone could have lost their life or suffered serious injury in the incident near the junction of Cavendish Road and Hibiscus Lane in Pembroke.
It was thought that the “near collision” happened shortly before 2.40pm on Monday.
The clip seemed to show a motorcycle riding in the westbound lane as a jeep-style vehicle travelled in the same direction but in the eastbound lane.
The car, having already overtaken another car, overtook the bike at the moment the rider appeared to attempt a right turn, which caused the rider to take evasive action.
Inspector Charlene Thompson, the officer in charge of the Roads Policing Unit, said yesterday: “This situation highlights what can only be described as wanton disregard for the safety and wellbeing of other road users, by the driver of the jeep seen in the video.
“Dangerous driving is only one of many offences with which that individual could be charged.”
She said: “The prosecutorial aspect notwithstanding, the fact remains, that situation could have ended in the family of the motorcycle rider having to care for a seriously injured loved one, or worse.”
Ms Thompson added: “There has been an increasing incidence of questionable driving practices on Bermuda's roads in recent times and the RPU has stepped up its efforts to rein this situation in, with increased speed checks across the island and other more robust roads policing measures, which have begun to prove successful.
“However, we would much prefer to educate the public about the dangers of such behaviour with the aim of achieving more responsible, safety-minded road users.
“To that end, we will be embarking on a number of initiatives which you will hear about in the near future.”
Ms Thompson said: “Remember, it's a privilege, not a right to be a road user and having that privilege comes with responsibility, not only for one's self, but for other road users as well.
“The RPU urges you to practise care, courtesy and caution, as we work together to make the roads safer for everyone.”