Police get tough on bad driving
Tougher tactics to curb bad driving have been announced by police.
Within hours of the announcement, a motorcycle rider was taken to hospital for treatment of serious head injuries, following a crash on North Shore Road, Devonshire.
Police yesterday released a rogue’s gallery of pictures showing the top driving offences that they will crack down on as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Programme.
Drunk driving, speeding and driving with cell phones are among the “bad driving habits” that will be “prosecuted stringently” without the use of cautions, a Police spokesman said.
The initiative will target the most dangerous offences that are proving to be the top culprits in accidents.
Referring to this year’s road casualties so far, a Transport Control Department spokesman explained: “We believe that five deaths and over 27 serious collisions are signs that we must act and we must act now.”
Accordingly, TCD will join STEP with its own educational campaign
Unsafe practices cited by police include:
— Driving without due care and attention / dangerous manner.
— Disobeying traffic signs.
— Unfastened/improper use of helmets.
Tickets will be issued for other offences as well, said the spokesman, but the top offences will be “enforced diligently”.
“While we appreciate that most road users are law abiding citizens, the photographs we are releasing today illustrate there is still some work to do to encourage the motoring public to change some of its bad driving habits,” he added.
Bike riders feature prominently in the pictures, which mask the features of offending motorists. Many also depict people using phones while behind the wheel.
The announcement was welcomed by road safety campaigner Joseph Froncioni.
Saying he “agreed wholeheartedly” with the initiative, the former Bermuda Road Safety Council chairman added: “However, this initiative will only yield results if the effort is visible and sustained.
“Education is certainly an important pillar in the effort to make our roads safer but will be more effective if introduced before riders and drivers are licensed.
“A mandatory Riders’ Education course as part of the high school curriculum is essential to achieve a long-term solution.”
Useful website: www.bermudaroadsafety.com.