Cops net dozens in road safety crackdown
(CNS): Following the first weekend of the RCIPS crackdown on rogue drivers and its promotion of road safety, a police spokesperson said dozens of offences were uncovered at the various roadblocks set up across the Cayman Islands. From drinking and driving to illegal tints, as well as people driving while disqualified, police found many drivers who were breaking the law. Although officers were using their discretion this weekend and in some cases merely warned drivers they were on the wrong side of the law, from now on the RCIPS is operating a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for offences detected and all drivers in breach of traffic rules will be ticketed or arrested.
“On Friday we issued a warning to the public that we would be carrying out this crackdown over the next two weeks,” said Superintendent Adrian Seales, RCIPS Operations. “This weekend we have used an element of discretion in relation to some traffic matters and our message to the motoring public was that if their vehicles were faulty, illegal or unlicensed that they should rectify the situation immediately.
“As of today we will prosecute any and all traffic offences. For example, this weekend people have been given the opportunity to remove illegal tint or be ticketed. From today that option will not be available.”
Police launched the two week campaign on Friday morning with a major road block at Linford Pearson Highway, which caused traffic tailbacks as all drivers were diverted through the block. The goal, according to officers and representatives from the vehicle licensing department, is to improve road safety and fight crime by ensuring registration plates are not obscured and window tints do not exceed the legal limit.
Officials from licensing and police estimate that more than a quarter of all drivers are breaking the law in some way by not having a licence, registration insurance or a road worthiness certificate for their cars.
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