Safety campaign nets 62 drink drivers

149 crashes in six weeks

During the annual Christmas road safety campaign, three people died in car collisions, police arrested 62 drivers for drink driving and ticketed another 140 for speeding.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service described the results of the six weeks of Operation Christmas Cracker from 28 November to 4 January as “shocking”.

Three people died in separate accidents during that period and police said that while investigations into all three collisions were ongoing, early indications showed that alcohol and/or speed were contributing factors.

As well as the three fatal collisions, police dealt with another 146 crashes during Operation Christmas Cracker, which they said was a decrease on the number of accidents seen during last year’s road safety campaign.

”We commonly hear the term ‘road accidents’ used,” said Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. “A road crash is not an ‘accident’, crashes are caused by driver error, speed, driving under the influence or driving dangerously or carelessly.”

“Crashes can be avoided – all it takes is for drivers to be aware of their surroundings and be responsible, but unfortunately, once again, our latest safety drive has proved that many of Cayman’s drivers are far from that. It’s clear that we still have a long way to go to make our roads as safe as they should be,” Chief Inspector Howell said.

She added: “Three people lost their lives in six weeks, three families lost loved one’s over the festive season – all because people were not responsible.”
The chief inspector stressed that although the 2011/2012 safety campaign ended last week, police would continue to enforce the law on the roads, as six drink drivers found out to their cost this weekend.

“Driving under the influence is not acceptable, it destroys lives. Our priority is to make Cayman’s roads as safe as they can be and our new year’s pledge is to continue to target those who drink and drive 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Ms Howell said.

She added; “Six more people who ignored our warnings were arrested this weekend for DUI. They will now join the 62 locked up during Operation Christmas Cracker in court.” 

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The wreckage of a car involved in one of three fatal collisions during Operation Christmas Cracker. – PHOTO: FILE

4 COMMENTS

  1. The way I read it; 68, in total, are locked up for drink driving. Nice.
    What now? Leave them jailed?
    I’d like to hear about some sentencing and what the real consequences for drink driving will be.
    And I hope it won’t be a slap on the wrist or we’ll just be catching these same people next Christmas, once again.

  2. I’m hoping there will be a follow up analysis, by the Compass, for both the drink drivers and the crash accident offenders that the RCIP apprehended during this program.

    It’d be interesting to see how they are grouped by age, sex (male/female), Caymanian, Expat, etc.

    Separate numbers for drink driving and crash accidents would be appreciated.
    Regarding the crash accidents; how many involved alcohol or just sheer stupidity and negligence?

    This will provide an indication of whether these offenders are widespread throughout the population or restricted to a certain type or group of individuals.

    Looking forward to your results of the crackdown.

  3. Historically the community would shame people who were breaking the accepted norms of the society. Most communities have a Police Blotter in the local newspaper to name and shame people charged with crimes. That could work in Cayman.

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