As New Year’s Eve approaches, the RCIPS would like to remind the public that Operation Winter Guardian continues and the public can expect to see amplified police presence over the holiday weekend. Officers will be carrying out high visibility patrols at events and areas with large gatherings to provide support and reassurance to the community, as well as to discourage antisocial behaviours.
Officers will also be conducting spontaneous vehicle check points throughout the period to promote road safety. We will be paying particular attention to persons driving under the influence of alcohol, as DUI continues to be one of the leading causes of serious collisions in the Cayman Islands. So far this month, officers have made more than 30 arrests in relation to drunk driving, with the highest breath test reading at .374, more than five times the legal limit. Several other arrests for drunk driving have also shown readings of over .210, more than three times the legal limit. The legal limit for the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol has now been reduced to .070. The public is reminded that not only does DUI carry a fine, but persons convicted of DUI will also be subject to disqualification for a time deemed appropriate by the Court. In some instance, DUI convictions may even carry a custodial sentence.
The RCIPS therefore encourages you not to drink and drive, but instead to utilize the services provided to you by the Arrive Alive 345 Campaign, and travel on the Purple Ribbon Buses. Alternatively, members of the public may designate a driver. Designated drivers will receive free non-alcoholic beverages at any bars, nightclubs and restaurants participating in the Arrive Alive 345 Campaign.
“While we are here to support the community and hope that everyone has a celebratory weekend, we also want to remind the public to be safe while participating in the New Year’s Eve festivities,” says Superintendent Brad Ebanks, “We encourage that motorist do not drink and drive, do not speed and if weather conditions deteriorate, reduce your speed below the legal limits. Our officers will be out and about ensuring compliance in our communities.”
I addition to safe driving, the RCIPS also encourages everyone to exercise personal safety. You may do so by being aware of your surroundings and ensuring that you are not too inebriated while celebrating. These and other safety tips can be viewed on our website and our social media pages.
The RCIPS wishes the Cayman Islands a safe and Prosperous New Year.