BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association member Colin O’Neal moderated a public forum Thursday, which featured one candidate from each of the parties that has announced its intention to run in the Nov. 7 elections. Photo: CHRYSTALL KANYUCK

Banning motorbikes and scooters would mean fewer accidents in the Virgin Islands, Jian Jeffers told residents at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Wednesday.

Elmore Stoutt High School students Jian Jeffers and Zahra Corion deliberate on their rebuttals during the semifinals of the Inter-secondary School Debate Competition at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Wednesday. Photo: NGOVOU GYANG
The Elmore Stoutt High School student was competing in the semifinals of the Inter-secondary Schools Debate Competition between ESHS and Claudia Creque Educational Centre.

Ms. Jeffers and Zahra Corion argued that scooters and motorbikes should be banned in the territory, while CCEC students opposed the notion.

“It is a danger you to. It is a danger to me. It has become a weapon taking the lives of our youths,” Ms. Jeffers said of the vehicles. “How long will this deleteriously dangerous mode of transportation be used on our islands before we do something about it? What are we waiting for?”

Her team would later win the contest, and is scheduled to compete against Bregado Flax Educational Centre in the finals next Wednesday.

But CCEC did not easily concede defeat. Lawrence Wheatley argued that scooters and motorbikes should not be blamed for riders’ irresponsibility. Instead, he said, riders should acquaint themselves with safety information and follow the rules of the road.

 

See the May 8, 2014 edition for full coverage.

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