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I no longer feel safe on your roads

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Dear Sir,

Regarding your article on road safety dated May 8, 2024, I think you are doing all the right things with your recent programme.

However, having been a frequent visitor to your beautiful island over the past 20-plus years — some 19 visits — I have noticed a distinct difference in the driving habits of those who use the island’s roads.

As in years past, I would rent a scooter and enjoy cruising along the roads smelling the flowers, taking in the scenery and going shopping and dining across the island.

I am a seasoned cyclist, owning a Vespa Ei Sport 300, who rides on Canadian roadways and I understand clearly that my own safety is in my own hands.

One wrong decision here almost certainly spells death, as most motorists do not respect the cycle culture. Now when I visit Bermuda, I buy a bus pass because I no longer feel safe on your roads.

When I was a young boy growing up in the north of Ontario, there was a very gruesome but effective means of “getting the message across” to other drivers on the same roads.

The town would “Display” the wrecked vehicles at certain vantage points to give a very vivid picture of what actually transpires in a crash. Seeing cars displayed in horrifying reality is quite a sobering, and often a mind and habit-changing experience.

I don’t think that this tactic stopped careless activities on the roads, but for me it left a vision in my mind that I did not wish to become a part of.

Drivers will do what they do regardless of the teachings, testing and retesting we offer or impose upon them; however, if it deters just a small number to operate their vehicles just a bit more safely, it did its job.

Gruesome? Yes. Life-saving? Yes!


St Catharine’s, Ontario


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Published May 14, 2024 at 7:43 am (Updated May 14, 2024 at 6:47 am)

I no longer feel safe on your roads

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