The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS) has been receiving a number of reports regarding motorcyclists doing wheelies in traffic, as well as in locations such as the parking areas at Clearwater Beach and John Smith’s Bay.
While those involved may see this activity as harmless, it is anything but. Performing these stunts in public spaces poses a threat not only other individuals using these areas, but also to the riders themselves due the increased risk of a collision resulting in serious injury or worse.
Doing wheelies in traffic or in a public place constitutes dangerous driving. Under the Road Traffic Act1947, any person who drives a vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place commits an offence that carries an automatic disqualification”.
Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the BPS Tactical Support Division said, “The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), is also aware of groups of individuals, mainly young males, performing wheelies on pedal cycles whilst riding against the flow of traffic, particularly on main roads.
We urge parents and guardians to speak with their children about the dangers of this activity and advise them against it.
As for motorists, if you are operating a vehicle and find yourself faced with an individual or group of individuals doing wheelies on a motorcycle or pedal bike, approaching you on your side of the road, please come to a safe and complete stop and allow them to go by.”
Members of the public are asked to assist the BPS in dealing with this dangerous practice by reporting any such incidents. You may do so by calling the 211 number or, the main police number, 295-0011.
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