There have been calls for a police crackdown on motorcyclists who break the law, after a fatal accident Sunday at Ravine Chabot.
Brad Fatal, 35, lost his life when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Coaster.
The pillion rider sustained multiple injuries and is currently hospitalised.
Both were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
“I would agree that we have an issue,” says Terroll Compton, the President of the Saint Lucia Moto X Club.
He told St Lucia Times that of late, this country has recorded more incidents on the road involving motorcyclists.
“Yes, there needs to be some type of intervention – it needs to be seriously looked at to curb what’s happening,” Compton declared.
The President of the Saint Lucia Moto X Club observed that accidents cost the society as well as affected families.
“For some reason a lot of motorcyclists feel they should not wear helmets because it makes them feel free, but the issue of not wearing a helmet is one aspect of it for safety reasons, but there is also the issue of how you conduct yourself,” Compton explained.
“Even if you have a helmet and you are behaving in a crazy manner, you are showing no regard for life – yours or the person behind you or the motorists who might find themselves in an accident where they can no longer provide for their family because it’s a taxi driver; the driver of a minibus,” he stated.
Compton said in some instances a driver may have to ‘ditch’ a vehicle to avoid a collision with a motorcycle, while the rider may simply continue on his way.
He acknowledged that a motorcycle may make life easy in terms of getting to and from a destination in heavy traffic.
But Compton noted that how a motorcyclist rides to that destination is important.
He said motorcyclists need to consider other road users.
According to the Police Traffic Department, five persons have died so far as a result of road accidents in Saint Lucia.