British Virgin Islands

Thursday, Jun 17, 2021

Ban scooters or bury riders - Claude O. Skelton-Cline

Commentator and Government consultant, Mr Claude O. Skelto-Cline has called for a complete banning of scooters in the Virgin Islands (VI), given that over the past months there have been a number of scooter-related accidents involving local youths.

Just yesterday, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 27-year-old VIslander K'Shawn S. Thomas of Greenland, Tortola, was the Territory's latest road fatality.

Thomas killed when he became involeved in an accident with a fuel truck on Gene Hill, Tortola. According to reports, the young man was run over by the vehicle.

Too much Recklessness - Skelton-Cline

'There are too many deaths taking place with these scooters... either we ban them or we will keep burying you," Mr Skelton-Cline told his listening audience on the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 edition of his radio show 'Honestly Speaking' on ZBVI 780 AM.

"There is a level of recklessness that is happening in this country, week in, week out with these scooters... somebody again just died."

According to the man of the cloth, "I know they are all kinds of arguments out there [that] banning is not the answer, it may not be the answer but I'm going to ask you something, you want to keep burying your young people?"

He said if not a complete ban, authorities should consider an age limit where below 25 years of age would not be allowed to traverse on scooters or other similar cycles, since they tend to put people's lives at risk.

Families also impacted

The Honestly Speaking host also noted that as part of the accidents, law-abiding citizens are then impacted after crashing into the riders who are often young men, 'it's not right that somebody has to go home tonight and two families are mourning."

Skelton-Cline charged, "Either we ban these things or we will keep burying our young people because what should be a meaningful, helpful mode of transportation is becoming something else."

He said if no age limit or ban is put on scooters and similar vehicles in the territory, the burials will continue.


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