Police urge caution at Mardi Gras

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is warning people to be responsible when attending this year’s Mardi Gras at the Kaibo resort on Wednesday.

‘We’re not out to spoil people’s fun and we want those attending to have a good time and enjoy themselves – but we do want them to do it safely, responsibly and decently,’ Area Commander, Chief Inspector Richard Barrow, said in a press release. ‘We have met with organisers and representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services who had some concerns following last year’s event, and have plans in place to ensure that no breach of the peace or other public order offences, marine offences or traffic violations are committed either at the event, prior to it or afterwards.’

The plans involve many RCIPS departments, including uniform, traffic, uniform support group, marine unit and drugs task force. Officers will be out in force on the roads, on the water and at the event itself; ensuring party-goers do not break the law.

‘The hosts have put in place measures to ferry people to and from the event and taxis will be on hand for the return journey so there is no reason for anyone to get behind the wheel at the end of the day. And be warned, if you do drink and drive we will catch you,’ added Chief Inspector Barrow.

The joint Customs and RCIPS Marine Unit is also warning boaters to act sensibly on the water. Head of the Unit, Inspector Brad Ebanks says they have many concerns that they will be looking to address on the day. ‘Persons should not operate their vessels under the influence of alcohol. This can make things very dangerous on the water. In addition, boats should not be overloaded with passengers and all the necessary safety equipment should be on board.’

The Marine Unit will be policing the event and will be looking out for unsafe boats and other dangerous water activities.

‘We hope that everybody acts responsibly and has a safe and happy holiday,’ added Inspector Ebanks.