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Police Warn That 10 mph Speed Limit Will Be Enforced At Beltjen Road

Beltjen Road

Traffic sign marks 10 mph zone.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department said today that “it will not tolerate speeding and reckless driving in St. Thomas U. S Virgin Islands, particularly along Beltjen Road.”

“Speed must be reduced to 10 M.P.H while traveling on Beltjen Road, and all vehicles must come to a complete stop at all red lights and stop signs,” the VIPD said in a written statement.

The VIPD said that “speeding is not only against the law, but also wastes gas and is a risky activity. It can hurt you and the drivers around you.”

“Speeding and reckless driving is unsafe and causes far too many avoidable tragedies in our territory,” the police department said. ” We encourage our community to stay within the speed limit and join us in helping to keep our roads safe for motorists, passengers and pedestrians alike.”

The department said that “anyone found violating the speed limits and traffic laws will be issued a citation, as VIPD will pay close attention to reckless driving and speeding along Beltjen Road.”

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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