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(SNO) – Minibus drivers in Vieux-Fort, whose bus stands are located along the Vieux-Fort-Laborie Highway, are calling for more police presence at their stands to stop the reckless driving that is taking place along the highway.
On numerous occasions, drivers and riders, especially those of private vehicles and motorcycles, travel along the highway near the bus stands at break-neck speed.
Due to the speed at which they travel along the highway, where seven bus stands are located, pedestrians are sometimes forced to dash off the road in order to avoid being killed.
Police officers attached to the Vieux-Fort Police Station say they are aware of the problem.
Over the years, there has been a number of vehicular accidents along the highway near the bus stands, but none has been fatal.
Earoly Carasco, a minibus driver of Choiseul, said: “We need more police presence on our bus stands. Some drivers, especially those of private vehicles, have no regards for other road users.” He added that the police need to take serious action to put an end to the problem.
Alvin Prince, a minibus driver who plies the Augier route, said in addition to more police presence, there needs to be a speed bump along the highway near the bus stands.
Arthur Isaac, another minibus driver who plies the Saltibus route, said the situation is of much concern to him. He added that some drivers and riders travel along the highway as if the road belongs to them.
The problem is compounded by the non-function of a traffic light near the stands.