Operation Quaker, the road policing component of the RCIPS Holiday Safety campaign, focused on increased police presence on the roads over the long Christmas weekend. This included additional support from special constables, officers from other units within the police, and 17 new police recruits who supported traffic duties alongside senior officers.
For the period of 24th – 28th December, 31 MVA’s were reported to 911. Although there were no major collisions or life-threatening injuries over this time, officers did seen an increase in hit and run collisions.
106 tickets were issued over this period including, 13 for speeding, 53 for expired registration, 22 tint, one for mobile phone, and four DUI. In addition, arrests were made in relation to two warrants.
“Our road policing units were pleased to witness relatively quiet roads over this Christmas weekend when compared to previous years”, says Superintendent Ebanks. “We want to thank the public for practicing safe driving behaviors and helping us to keep serious road incidents to a minimum”.
“As we approach New Year’s weekend, we expect the roads to be busy and motorists can expect to see us out in numbers across the island keeping the roads safe for all users. Be patient on the roads, slow down and don’t drink and drive – it’s not worth it. And remember, there are options to get home; call a cab, take advantage of the #ArriveAlive345 Purple Ribbon buses, designate a sober driver or arrange for a family member to collect you.
As a community, let’s continue to work together to keep everyone safe on the roads this New Year’s weekend.