Drink driving cases up 13%

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service busted nearly 20 more drivers for DUI through September this year than it did in the first nine months of last year, according to the latest traffic statistics.  

Not recorded in the statistics through September were two fatal car accidents last month that police blamed on suspected drink drivers.  

The crashes brought the total of deadly accidents for 2012 to five.  

On 16 October, 2012, 59-year-old Beverley Elaine Ramsay, 59, died in a collision along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. The taxi driver was the mother of RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell.  

Officers arrested a man driving a Nissan UD box truck that collided with Ms Ramsay’s taxi van around 6am that day. Ms Ramsay died at the scene of the crash, police said. The male driver, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and suspicion of DUI, was not hurt. He has not been charged with any crimes in relation to the crash.  

Just 12 days later, 24-year-old Egbert Robinson died in the car his brother drove along Mangrove Avenue near Shamrock Road in Prospect.  

According to police, the white Nissan the two men rode in crashed into a wall Sunday, 28 October around 3.45am.  

Mr. Robinson was a passenger on the left side of the vehicle, closest to the wall that was hit. It appeared that the Nissan had been travelling south on Mangrove Avenue when it veered into the wall.  

Police statistics show July and August were particularly bad months for DUI arrests, with 19 cases investigated by police each month. That’s nearly a 50 per cent increase from what was seen in July and August of last year.  

There were some encouraging areas for RCIPS traffic enforcement, including the relatively low number of fatal accidents in 2012 compared to previous years.  

Overall traffic accidents declined in the first nine months of this year by about five per cent. Just more than 1,000 crashes occurred on local roads between January and September. Speeding offences were also cited less often. Violations recorded by police dropped 17 per cent from year to year.  

The crashes brought the total of deadly accidents for 2012 to five.  

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  1. The RCIP working to get drunk drivers off the road by road blocks and sobriety testing will get the message across to the moderate to heavy drinkers but the problem drinkers will continue and only jail will get their attention.

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