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Cops to question national cyclist

BY BALFORD HENRY
Observer senior reporter
balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, December 01, 2017

AN incident involving national cyclist Marloe Rodman has pushed the issue of motorcycling on public roads back in the spotlight.

The police are waiting for Rodman to recovery from injuries suffered to question him about the Sunday, November 26 crash in which another motorcyclist, Anthony Gordon of Gordon Pen in St Catherine, was killed.

Media reports reveal that the accident may have been linked to stunts being performed by the riders.

According to head of the Police's Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, no decision has yet been taken as they have not yet spoken with Rodman.

“My focus right is not about any charges that can result, but some improvement in the health of the injured cyclist before he can help us in our investigations,” he told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine yesterday.

“Once he is recovered, we will talk to him about what led to the crash, but our robust interest right now is his recovery,” Allen continued.

However, he reaffirmed the concern of his department about the road activities of motorists, including motorcyclist who have been a special focus.

Allen told Jamaica Observer's Auto that despite the urgings of the police, drivers, including motorcyclists, have shown very little improvement in their road habits.

He said the police is determined to bring the situation under control.

“December, especially, has never been kind to us, and what will cause an improvement is if the motorists start showing greater maturity, greater discipline and more patience on the roads, and we will be focusing on these things during this month,” said Allen.

Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kenute Hare, said as at yesterday the road fatalities stood at 290. This includes 86 motorcyclists.

A total of 349 people died on the roads last year.

But, according to Hare, there is some good news as this is the first time in years that the deaths have been below 300 at the start of December.

“We are happy to achieve that, but the battle continues,” Hare added.