[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force is cautioning cyclists about the safe use of the road, given the fact that a total of 26 motor cyclists have lost their lives due to accidents so far for the year, compared to 16 for the same period last year.
A police report explained that in some instances, the victims were not wearing safety helmets which may have saved their lives.
The Motor Cycles (Protective Helmets) Regulations Section 3 (1) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Cap. 51:02 states that: “The driver of, and every person carried on, a motor cycle on a road shall wear a safety helmet capable of affording protection to the head of the wearer from injury in the event of an accident.”
In its efforts to enforce the laws, the police have for this year so far charged a total of 380 motorcyclists for failing to wear safety helmets and these efforts will be intensified.
The Police Force also expressed concern about the practice of motor cyclists with children as pillion riders, without safety helmets, “and their feet dangling dangerously close to the spokes of the rear wheel of the motor cycle.”
During enforcement operations aimed at road safety over the period December 07 – 13, 2014, the Police Traffic Department made a number of cases against motorists and other persons for breaching the traffic laws