[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force is calling on pedal cyclists to use the roadways in a more responsible manner and not in a way that is dangerous to themselves and other road users.
During enforcement operations aimed at road safety over the period December 21 to 27, 2014, the Police Traffic Department made a number of cases against motorists for breaching the traffic laws. These include:
Driving Under the Influence 27
Breach of Condition of Road Service Licence 16
Careless Driving 06
Dangerous Driving 10
Fail to wear safety helmet 02
Fail to wear seat belt 15
Prohibition of the use of hand held mobile phone 10
According to the police force, pedal cyclists are often seen weaving in and out among traffic, not stopping at intersections, riding against the flow of traffic, towing on the handle bar, riding without holding the handle bar, failing to confirm to traffic signs and signals, and at nights riding without lights or reflectors.
“Pedal Cyclists, by doing the aforementioned, you not only expose yourself to great danger which can result in serious injuries or death, but compromise the safety of other road users. So far for this year a total of 20 motor cyclists have lost their lives due to fatal accidents, compared to 13 for the same period last year.”
A bicycle is considered a vehicle and its usage is governed by the Law. Section 58 of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 51:02 states that “Any person in charge of a vehicle, other than a motor vehicle, who uses or causes or permits such vehicle to be used or any road without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the said road, shall be guilty of an offence”.
Here are a few road safety tips for pedal cyclists:
(a) Ensure that your cycle is equipped with bell, brakes, lights and reflectors.
(b) Never ride more than two abreast. It is advisable to ride in single file.
(c) Always glance behind and ensure it is clear before you move off or change course.
(d) Never tow anyone on the handle bar.
(e) Never hold on to a moving vehicle.