This weekend was the first of the RCIPS Holiday Safety Campaign, which launched last week Wednesday 1 December. ‘Road safety’, delivered through a continuation of Operation Quaker, is a key component of the campaign which aims to reduce traffic collisions and increase road safety by cracking down on drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding.
“Unfortunately, the number of road incidents and offences this weekend was a telling sign we have entered the festive season, where we traditionally see increased activity on the roads which inevitably leads to more incidents”, says Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay.
The Traffic and Roads Policing Unit attended 20 motor vehicle incidents, including one fatality, made six arrests for suspected DUI, issued 83 speeding tickets, and 46 tickets for offences including; tint, mobile phone usage and expired registration. “Sunday nights fatality on Cayman Thanksgiving Day raises total roading fatalities to nine so far this year. “This is the same number we were at this time last year, which is disappointing and indicates that there is still much more work to do in normalising safe driving behaviours”.
“The police alongside emergency services are often the first on the scene at road incidents, and have the solemn task of informing and supporting the families after these tragic events, and I can tell you it’s the hardest part of the job, to tell families that their loved ones are not coming home”, says Inspector Dwayne Jones, Head of the Traffic and Road Policing Unit. “We implore motorists to please be careful on the roads this holiday season, make sure your vehicles are road worthy, slow down, increase your following distance, and don’t drink and drive”. “Let’s work together to make sure everyone gets home safely to their families this Christmas”.