Road safety crackdown

Drink drivers, tint, obscured number plates, dangerous driving, out of date coupons and driving without insurance are being targeted by police and the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing during a road safety crackdown which began today, Friday 27 July 2012.

Over the next two weeks random road checks, at all times of the day and night, will be carried out in all districts of the Cayman Islands to crack down on those who break the traffic laws and drive unlicensed vehicles – all with the aim of making Caymans road safer.

Static road checks, marked cars, unmarked cars and random traffic stops will all form part of the operation. DVDL staff will also be assisting police at the scene of checks by carrying out roadside vehicle inspections to uncover any addition traffic offences. Vehicles that fail the inspection will immediately be taken off the road.

Superintendent Adrian Seales, RCIPS Operations, said: “An average of 30 road crashes are reported every week in Cayman -for a country of this size that is an outrageous figure! Too many people are being killed and injured through dangerous driving, drink driving and the use of unroadworthy or unlicensed vehicles, which are often uninsured.

“In addition, we are all acutely aware that some vehicles in the Cayman Islands are used for criminal activity such as the transportation of drug / firearms or as getaway cars following criminal incidents. All too often vehicle windows are tinted and license plates are obscured to intentionally hinder police investigations or in an attempt to prevent vehicles being identified in CCTV images.

“During the first few days of the crackdown drivers who are stopped will be instructed to remove the tint/ license plate covers. If they don’t they will be ticketed. But from Monday 30 July they will not be given that option. They will immediately be ticketed, there will be no discretion used. However, let’s be clear, if arrestable offences are detected at any time during the crackdown then people will end up in the police cells and their vehicles could be seized.”

Mr. Courtney Myles, Assistant Manager, Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing, said: “The aim is to continue our working partnership with the RCIPS to ensure road safety and provide tips on how to make our roads safer. The police are primarily responsible for enforcement and we are responsible for regulating the Traffic Law. At the end of the day we all have our role to play and that is why we adopt the motto, “Safe driving is everyone responsibility.” With this multi-agency approach, we want the motoring public to be well informed of safe driving. Therefore by working with RCIPS it is our hope to reduce major incidents on our roads.”

Mr. Seales added: “There will be some disruption to travel as a result of the checks so we would ask drivers to allow a little more time for their journeys. We will attempt to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. But would ask the many law abiding motorists to remember that these road checks are all about making the roads of the Cayman Islands safer for them, their families and their communities.”

  • Fitz

    Insurance companies looking for their money now

  • Concerned

    So the same police officers that drive police cars that only have one headlight working will be conducting these traffic stops???

  • Huh?

    What is DRINK driving? Is that similar to DRUNK driving?

    • Priscilla Eden

      Under British law it’s called “Drink Driving”… in America/Canada it’s Drunk Driving.

  • Dirk

    Yep – and the same police officers who don’t indicate/signal when turning, pull out in front of you and almost cause accidents and park blocking roundabouts during rush hour traffic because someone broke down. Idiots, the lot of them.

  • andy

    random stops? does this include the one my girlfriend encountered on south sound after the police officer saw her at on the run gas station then followed her till she reached south sound and then pulled her over and asked for her name and number? i know who you are too. idiots policing our roads too im sorry to say.

  • Libertarian

    I hope if they ever decide to slash the civil service 500 to 800 employees, they don’t forget the Police. We need quality officers that can show discretion and relate with the people, not quanity. Numbers mean nothing if officers are not trained, equipped and qualified for the job. These traffic stops may be a good thing, but it just proves that we have so many officers that we have to find something for them to do, and the fact that we are having frequent road blocks, to me looks like we are becoming a Police State. With the CCTV camaras install and the Commissioner of Police with the Governor having the power to tap into people’s phones, may as well say that we are now one. And little do they know that the more people feel like they are being speid upon or watched, is the more good citizens will feel tensioned and stressed in their home country. Moreover, it seems that government can’t trust the public with firearms. That is worrisome to me, because suppose Uk uses Police to socially control this island against the people’s democratic will, then what?

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