Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Road cops issue hundreds of tickets & make multiple arrests this month

We may only be 10 days into December, but already traffic police have issued hundreds of tickets and made 11 DUI arrests as part of the Traffic and Roads Policing unit Holiday traffic safety operations.

Since the beginning of the month, traffic officers have made 11 DUI arrests as part of this operation, issued 132 tickets for tint, 109 tickets for speeding, ticketed 17 persons for expired registration, and issued 14 Traffic Offense Reports (for no insurance, no certificate of road-worthiness, expired licenses, or excessive speed). These require persons to appear in court.

Officers have also arrested eight persons for driving while disqualified or unqualified. These totals are in addition to tickets and arrests made by shift officers during regular patrols.

These operations commenced this month with intensified road enforcement operations that will continue throughout the holiday season and into the new year.   

The aim of heightened enforcement is to reduce traffic collisions, crack down on traffic offenses, and reassure the community, through an increased police presence.

DUI offences continue to be a major concern during the holiday season and a focus of the campaign, but officers are also targeting illegal tint, speeding, and persons driving while disqualified.

“As we enter the festive season, we know that the temptation to drink and drive increases,” said Inspector Dwayne Jones, head of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit.

“That’s why increased road enforcement is needed to deter drinking and driving and the serious accidents that can result. We understand the desire to celebrate and socialize, and we simply encourage the public to do so responsibly. If you will be consuming alcohol, then you must find an alternative to driving. If not, you will face the consequences.”

As in past years, the RCIPS is also supporting the National Drug Council in their annual Designated Driver and New Year’s Eve Purple Ribbon Bus Campaigns. The Designated Driver Campaign began on 1 December and continues throughout the holiday season.

The campaign is an initiative among local restaurants, which offer to provide the designated driver of a party with complimentary soft drinks throughout the evening.

Meanwhile, the Purple Ribbon Bus service provides free bus service on New Year’s Eve from 9 pm to 4 am for all districts on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Additionally the RCIPS encourages drivers to take the Purple Ribbon Pledge to not drink and drive over the holiday season.

Visit the National Drug Council for more information.

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