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By Carlos Atwell | Mon, October 15, 2012 - 12:10 AM

THE POLICE are not yet raising the alarm over the deaths of three motorcyclists in the space of three weeks.

Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss of the Traffic Division said there was no trend of motorcycle deaths, but cautioned those who used the vehicles to exercise greater caution.

“Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road. It doesn’t matter how good a [rider] you are, remember you are balancing on two wheels. Wear safety helmets, which are a must by law, and ensure your head is secure in [it]. Do not wear caps, hard hats or football helmets; wear a certified motorcycle safety helmet.

“As for pillion riders who may think they can take a chance because they are not going far, remember it only takes a split second to get seriously injured or killed,” he said in a telephone interview on Saturday.

Here, Vehicular traffic along Spring Garden Highway, St Michael, was forced to slow down yesterday as a group of young cyclists took control.
The young men, performing various stunts such as the wheelie (above), were spread across the highway and were clearly placing having a good time before personal safety.
Police said bicyclists such as these and motorcyclists were among the most vulnerable road users and had to adhere to the law or face prosecution.
President of the Barbados Road Safety Association, Sharmane Roland-Bowen, pleaded with young men who performed reckless stunts on the road to think of their families and children who would suffer should they be killed. 

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Posted by Samuel Shank 1 year, 10 months ago
Forcing motorcyclists to wear helmets are an infringement on their human rights. Instead you should have a choice (as they do in Florida and several other US States) to either wear a helmet or pay a higher insurance premium.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 10 months ago
@Samuel Shank!!! this is irresponsibility at it's highest,
this law helps to limit serious injuries to these PARTICULAR vehicle users,and you think that it is an infringement on their HUMAN RIGHTS, well!!!let them follow you and when they are writhing in pain on the pavement,please !!! don't call the States Ambulance, don't take them to the QEH at the state's expense, and don't call the RBPF at the state's expense, the STATE has RIGHTS too. i dont know about Florida or these other states u r talking about but in Ontario, canada and in all the Provinces as far as i know this type of LAW prevails. does the SEAT BELT law infringe on Drivers human rights also ??? oh by the way!! Bicycle riders in this country HAVE to WEAR HELMETS also, i guess u think that is an infringement on their human rights also

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Posted by Rugrat Sandy 1 year, 10 months ago
To think I wrote something of importance on this topic & I guess up to now hasn't been posted by NN, but to allow this SS to post something which clearly shows that he thinks through a cylinder is utter BS, where's the logic in paying more money for less safety, just to be macho!!! To besides it's an offence to ride on Spring Garden H'way, all dem want reporting, if they get knock down de mothers gine want to blame de drivers.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
This is but a fraction of the lawless bunch we have on our hands. I hope that the Police will be able to zero in and obtain a few identities from this photo. That few will identify the others. I believe there must be some place like the Defence Force or up in the east where they can be sequestered and from where they can happily perform some stunts for a couple of hours daily. It is called exercise. They don't need a long time either, just a week or so to let them get serious and understand the significance of safety, disclipline, order and responsibility. Sometimes you have to save some fools from themselves but more importantly is to protect the public from them. Thankfully, at least they are not robbing, raping or invading homes.

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Posted by Samuel Shank 1 year, 10 months ago
Dear Mr. Tony Waterman,
If we continue this way - with the government dictating to us what we must do to protect ourselves, we will soon require pedestrians to wear high visibility vests and crash helmets lest they trip over themselves or get knocked down by a vehicle.
This helmet law was lobbied for by the insurance companies to increase their profitability. It has been repealed in several US States and should be in Barbados as well where most people riding motor cycles are using the bike as a means of transport/livelihood and are traveling at speeds of 30MPH or less. I am speaking of people like postmen, messengers and responsible people who just like to cruise on their bikes on moonlight nights and weekends.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 10 months ago
@Samuel Shank. Not true. If you're seen in America not wearing a helmet you'll get a ticket. Too many tickets, you'll have to goto court and they'll take away your license. Kill someone being wrecklas and they can sue you for what you own. You really want to keep using America as an example? Look at O.J. Simpson, he won the criminal trial, lost the civil trial and had to practically forfeit everything he owns. You're using "human rights" the wrong way.

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Posted by Richard Johnston 1 year, 10 months ago
We most certainly require motorcyclists to wear protective gear in New York. It's only common sense, even if they often lack it, but it is the role of the state to care for people who put themselves in harm's way. We also require liability insurance in case they hurt anybody else, and that is far from an infringement of their civil liberties.
I was in Barbados last week and had 2 disturbing encounters with "bikers." At one point in a service station up-island the place was taken over by a gang of dirt bikers who appeared to terrify the lone clerk who was responsible for pumping their tiny quantities of fuel and for overseeing their purchases in the store as they rampaged and acted like bullies.
Returning to St. Philip on Friday afternoon I was obliged to follow another gang of bikers showing off on the ABC highway, slowing down, speeding up, leaving and entering at will, weaving among the automobile traffic, performing acrobatics and even moving into the oncoming lane. They were totally lawless and unrestrained.
If I were a one-time or infrequent visitor to Barbados instead of a committed fan I would be asking myself if I wanted to return to a place that can't control these hooligans better. This sort of behavior is not a good sign, folks.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 10 months ago
@ Samuel Shank !! You Seem to be getting all your Info from the WRONG SOURCE(s) In California Yes you can ride without a Helmet, as long as you PAY the HIGHER INSURANCE PREMIUM, IN British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, PROVINCE WIDE you MUST WEAR A HELMET WHEN OPERATING A MOTORCYCLE and BICYCLE, In Ontario & Alberta Everyone Under 18 MUST IN MOST US STATES you are TICKETED FOR NON COMPLIANCE and YOU CAN LOSE your LICENCE if you don't pay THE LARGE FINE.
HOT OFF THE PRESS:-Helmets can prevent bicycling deaths, study finds: Cyclists who die of a head injury are much less likely to be wearing a helmet than bike riders who die of other injuries, a study has found, underscoring what researchers say is the need for mandatory helmet use for Canadians of all ages.

The study, which analyzed 129 accidental bicycle-related deaths in Ontario from 2006 to 2010, found that cyclists who did not wear a helmet were three times more likely to die from brain trauma than those who wore protective headgear while riding.Helmets save lives,” said Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who led the study.
Go ahead MR. Samuel Shank , Ride without you Helmet, and have your Human right to die Stupidly.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 10 months ago
Fact check Samuel. You'll have to copy and paste to view this link:

Motorcycle and bicycle helmet use laws
October 2012
http://www.iihs.org/laws/mapmotorcyclehelmets.aspx

-- The short: Laws requiring *all* motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Laws requiring only *some* motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states.
There is *no* motorcycle helmet use law in only 3 states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire).
Some bicyclists are now required by law to wear a helmet in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
There is no bicycle helmet use law in 29 states.

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Posted by Samuel Shank 1 year, 10 months ago
@ J Payne. Your statement: "Not true. If you’re seen in America not wearing a helmet you’ll get a ticket", is absolute rubbish. You have shown your ignorance of Florida law. I have lived in Florida for 20 years and I have seen the helmet law come and go. Before you accuse someone of being a liar, check your facts.
By the way, you have the information on O J Simpson incorrect as well. He did not lose everything, he has a big house on Killian Parkway in Miami, FL. where he lived until he was sent to prison for assaulting the man in a Las Vegas hotel about three years ago.
If you are going to make statements, check your facts before accusing others of being wrong.

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