As the year begins the RCIPS is continuing its ongoing traffic enforcement operations. As a result, numerous DUI arrests were recorded during this past weekend, 5-8 January, with 2 of the arrests taking place on Cayman Brac. Some of these incidents are described below.
Shortly before 1AM on 6 January, officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle collision where a vehicle had left the road near the Cayman National Roundabout and mounted the sidewalk. The driver of the vehicle was breath tested and found to have a blood alcohol content of .387%, or almost 4 times the legal limit. The man, aged 37 of George Town, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and later bailed.
Late Saturday night, 6 January, officers on patrol in Walkers Road observed a vehicle swerving and driving erratically. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a man aged 30 of George Town, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with a blood alcohol content of .192%. He was later bailed.
Shortly after 9PM on Saturday night, officers were conducting a road block on Esterley Tibbets Highway near Yacht Drive. A vehicle was travelling at speed in the direction of the road block and failed to stop in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of it. The driver, a man aged 34 of George Town, was breath tested with a result of .173% and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was later bailed.
Shortly after 4PM on Sunday, 7 January, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched officers to a report of a two vehicle collision on Shamrock Road near the intersection of Condor Road. A Dodge Ram had collided with the rear of a Ford Escape before leaving the road and colliding with the concrete wall of a property nearby. The driver of the Ram, a man aged 40 of Bodden Town, was found to have a blood alcohol content of .210% and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was later bailed. Four children who were in the Ford Escape were assessed by EMTs on scene and then released.
“The holiday season is over, but drunk driving is continuing and so is our enforcement,” said Inspector Ian Yearwood of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit. “However, with over ten accidents on average per day, and extremely high levels of intoxication by some behind the wheel, we know we cannot change behavior on the road by ourselves. We need the public to work with us; if you see someone who is clearly intoxicated and insists on getting behind the wheel, call us.”