OUR VIEW: Road usage not a right

With reports of some scooter users in Grand Forks going against the flow of traffic, people should be mindful of the rules of the road.

Motorcycles and similar vehicles have been in the news lately.

A person on a Yamaha sports motorcycle posted YouTube footage of himself blowing through a section of highway – reported to be near Victoria, B.C. – and could be seen doing close to 300 kilometres an hour.

According to reports, police have identified the man, who is said to be 25 years old, unlicensed with over 25 driving-related infractions and he had no insurance.

While no one has been seen whipping up Central Avenue at such velocity, there have been complaints related to drivers of electronic and gas-powered scooters.

Some residents have reportedly seen people operating scooters going against the flow of traffic while members of city council have reported seeing people riding such vehicles over people’s feet – they are aware that there are some riders that aren’t using them responsibly.

As for ICBC, it says that licences and insurance aren’t required for electric bikes and motorized wheelchairs but are for mopeds and scooters.

Some have a sense of entitlement to the road and that shouldn’t be the case.

People using vehicles on the road – licensed, unlicensed, car, bicycle, moped, scooter or anything of the sort – should follow regulations.

Grand Forks RCMP has said as much, stating that electronic or gas scooters still fall under the Motor Vehicle Act and therefore must follow the rules of the road

That rule doesn’t only apply to scooter riders but drivers as well. Motorcycle riders aren’t the only ones that have been caught doing excessive speeds and if drivers see any cyclists they should be mindful if they try to pass them.

Telling people to follow the rules of the road isn’t an act of pontification. Riding a vehicle such as scooter or similar vehicle against traffic isn’t safe and the chances of a head-on collision are greatly increased.

And going back to the Yamaha sports bike, heading 300 kilometres an hour down a highway is not just dangerous, it’s reckless and a threat not just to those who were also using the highway but to the rider as well.

Any sudden stop and he could’ve been hurled a great distance, potentially causing himself major injuries.

If anything, you should be at least courteous on the roads.

– Grand Forks Gazette

Grand Forks Gazette

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