Police crack down on car modifications

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is cracking down on traffic violations, paying particular attention to issues that have been raised at community meetings such as coloured lights on cars and other modifications.

Over the last few weeks 32 people have been stopped by George Town police for offences relating to illegal lights on cars. The RCIPS plans to work with local car dealerships and auto shops to highlight what can and cannot be used legally on vehicles.

‘If a car comes with high density lights as part of its manufacturing, there isn’t much we can do about it,’ said Inspector Harford of George Town police. ‘But, when you deliberately add coloured lights, noisy mufflers or anything else that could be unsafe or a nuisance to other drivers, you break the traffic regulations.’

Section 24 of the Traffic Regulations (2003) covers any accessories which are deemed to be unsafe, likely to be a nuisance to the public or which are inadequate for the purpose for which they appear to be intended. In addition, section 14 states that no vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be equipped with any external light of a colour other than white, red or amber.

Officers in West Bay and the Eastern Districts have also been targeting road safety.

Over the last week, 67 people were caught speeding in West Bay while several other drivers were found not wearing their seatbelts. In the Eastern Districts, 28 traffic offences were detected with the main offence being speeding.

‘Everyone behind the wheel should wear their seatbelt, stick to the speed limit and have their full attention on the road at all times,’ said Inspector Harford.

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