By Aaron Humes: Following last week’s death of Orlando Trejo, who was riding a motorbike on the Philip Goldson Highway when he collided into the back of a parked cane truck while its driver was fixing a tire, Police have issued a warning about traffic activity in the Orange Walk area during sugar cane season.
According to Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, the Orange Walk Bypass from the Philip Goldson Highway just past the Toll Bridge to the outside of Trial Farm is primarily for the use of cane trucks and cane farmers, and so regular drivers should not be tempted to make use of it just to save time coming south from Corozal or north to Corozal.
Additionally, ASP Yearwood warned that “due to financial constraints, the cane farmers are allowed to use that road sometimes without their vehicle even being insured; so you are at a loss if you travel through that road, designed for cane farmers, and have a mishap.” Also, he said some cane trucks do not have the actual reflectors but instead reflector paint.
That does not absolve cane farmers, he was quick to note, but it is best for non-cane farmer drivers to keep to the speed limit, especially at night when parts of the road are without lights. If you are following a cane truck, be careful not to tailgate and practice due care and attention.
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