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Police issue warnings over wheelies

  • Dangerous driver: a still from a cell phone video shows a young rider speeding on one wheel west on North Shore Road, Devonshire, towards Barker’s Hill (Photograph from Facebook)
  • Dangerous driver: a still from a mobile phone video shows a young rider speeding on one wheel west on North Shore Road, Devonshire, towards Barker’s Hill (Photograph from Facebook)

Police have warned bike riders who perform “wheelies” they are risking their lives and others.

The caution came after officers watched footage of riders that appeared online this week.

The one-minute clip shows a motorcyclist, filmed by another rider, speeding on North Shore Road in Devonshire and weaving several times over the centre line.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, a police traffic officer, said the behaviour was “inherently dangerous”.

Mr Cardwell added it risked “not only the life of the rider but also everyone else seen in the footage going about their business on the roads”.

The rider is seen to go through Barkers Hill roundabout, scene of a fatal crash last October, and speed up Palmetto Road.

Mr Cardwell added: “We discourage this kind of riding and showboating of skills on public roads.

“There is an area at Southside specifically designed for this. We will continue to look for opportunities to prosecute these offenders to the maximum extent of the law.”

Wheelies, also called wheel stands, are an automatic offence under Bermuda law.