People appear to be heeding the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message so well that police on the hunt for drunken drivers have at times not been able to find any.
And that news, coming from the RCIP’s top policeman, Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, is just one of the things that leave him pleased with the response of the public.
‘The Christmas and New Year period has gone well. The high visibility operations have worked well and I am pleased with the way the public have responded,’ Mr. Kernohan said.
Statistics showed that there had been 33 DUI arrests since 1 December, with only a handful of those coming over the Christmas and New Year period.
‘Unfortunately we have still caught a lot more drunk drivers than we would have liked to,’ said Mr. Kernohan.
‘But better we got hold of them than they were in some accident,’ he added.
‘I am hoping the continued road blocks will reinforce the message ‘don’t drink and drive because you will get caught,” Mr. Kernohan said.
‘Officers have been seeking out drunken drivers and sometimes have not been able to find them,’ he said
‘Some nights we have found absolutely none,’ he added.
‘People have thought in the past that drinking and driving was socially acceptable but now they are realising they are putting other people’s lives at risk and society does not want it,’ he said.
Mr. Kernohan said he also believes the high visibility presence of the RCIP had helped to reassure the public and let the criminals know ‘we are out there watching.’
The holiday period in general appeared to have been noticeable in general for its lack of falling outs and falling downs.
‘I was on duty on New Year’s Eve and was very pleased how people were coming out of bars and clubs,’ said Mr. Kernohan.
‘I am particularly happy with the way the public have responded to the extra police presence in general,’ he said.
‘I hope that will give the public more confidence to come to us with their problems and with information about criminals,’ he added.
And as 2006 gets under way, Mr. Kernohan said he was happy with the progress made by the RCIP during the past year.
‘We realise there’s still a lot more progress to be made and we are going to build upon the crackdown on criminality and on things like bad driving. And we want to deal with people’s problems locally through neighbourhood policing,’ said Mr. Kernohan.
‘I have been in post just under three months and am delighted with some of the initial progress,’ Mr. Kernohan said.
‘We still have got a lot more to do but I would particularly like to thank the people of the Cayman Islands, the government and the Governor for the great assistance that’s been given to me so far,’ he said.
‘I would also like to say a big thank you to all my staff who have worked so hard, sometimes under very difficult conditions, over the last few months to achieve the progress that’s been made,’ he added.