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The T&T Police Service (TTPS) is also
reminding motorists they must share the
roadways with others users and appealed to
motorcyclists to be vigilant on the road.
Expressing concern in a release yesterday, the
TTPS said eight motorcyclists had already been
killed in 2015, one less than the total for 2014.
The TTPS reminded drivers of motor vehicles
that they shared the road with other road users
including motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians
who also have the right of lawful use of the
"At the same time we wish to make a special
appeal to all motorcyclists to always be vigilant
to the fact that they are operating in a roadway
system where there are many variables of risk
which they cannot control, thus it is imperative
that defensive riding practices be a standard
procedure," the release stated.
They also noted that the World Health
Organisation classifies motorcyclists as
"vulnerable" road users as injuries sustained in
collisions often involve severe trauma, including
broken bones; internal haemorrhaging; severed
limbs; spine, cranial and brain damage, which
frequently result in death. They also stated that
95 people have died in road accidents for the
year so far.
SHARE THE ROAD
Obey speed limits
Helmets are mandatory by law
Never overtake at high-risk areas,
intersections or where there are solid
or double solid lines on the road.
Wear bright colours both during the day and
Always assume the driver has not seen you or
you are in his or her blind spot
Reduce your speed just in case a driver has
not seen you
Invest in Personal Protective Equipment
Practise the "lifesaver" manoeuvre
As motorcycle deaths escalate, pres-
ident of the Trinbago Motorcycle Riders
Association, Keith Kirk, is appealing to
all clubs to provide safety training for
Kirk, who is also the vice-president
of the Freedom Riders Club in Laventille,
said eight people had already died in
motorcycle crashes for this year.
He said most such fatalities in T&T
involved young riders who learnt about
riding by watching YouTube videos.
In an interview on Thursday, Kirk said
his club invited riders to participate in
safety training sessions on Saturdays but
many refused to spend their weekends
in that way. He said while it could be
difficult for motorists to see motorcyclists
in their mirrors and calculate their speed,
drivers needed to understand that every-
one must share the road.
He called on Government to partner
with them to erect billboards that urge
drivers to look out for motorcycle riders.
His comments came in the wake of
two recent deaths, involving experienced
riders Lex Chunilal and Clarence Smythe,
within the last week.
"The main key to it is education. The
young ones coming up need to be edu-
cated on the dangers of these bikes. The same
way you would not play with a gun, you re not
supposed to play with a bike. Most of deaths that
are taking place on the nation s roads are people
who now start, but this week was totally different
because these riders had a certain amount of
experience, although they were more into the
"There are a lot of riders like myself who have
been there, done that and we tend to take pre-
cautions on the road. Safety gear and awareness
of other vehicles on the road are important as
well. Sometimes you can t blame these drivers
because it s hard for someone to look through a
side mirror and estimate the speed a rider is trav-
"He or she might turn, thinking that the rider
is far away. Riders cannot only ride for themselves
but they have to ride while being aware that a
vehicle could switch lanes and turn in front of
them. In all, riders need to cut down on excessive
speed once there are vehicles around. There are
also not enough signs around reminding people
about the awareness of riders and at the end of
the day, it is the life of a brother, father, son or
sister being lost," Kirk said.
He said that there were also some reckless rid-
ers, which the association had no control over.
He said all riders should seek to join the asso-
ciation by attending their meetings which are
held on the first Tuesday of every month at Free-
dom Riders Club House, opposite House of Angos-
tura, along the Eastern Main Road, Laventille.
Alarm over increase in motorcyclists' deaths
Defensive riding can save lives
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