Twenty-five arrested in holiday road safety campaign

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has arrested 25 people since the start of its “Stay Alive” holiday road safety campaign on Nov. 29.

According to police statistics on the crackdown, 18 of the 25 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence. The other seven arrests involved various traffic offenses including disqualified driving.

Most of the arrests came during the first 10 days of the road safety campaign, when police arrested 20 people, including 15 for driving under the influence.

During that 10-day period, police ticketed 23 people for using a cellphone while driving, 11 for speeding, seven for failing to wear a seat belt, and 44 for other road traffic offenses.

Also during the campaign, 32 vehicle collisions were reported. Following one of these accidents, a man was airlifted off island for treatment to injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with a Toyota in Red Bay. Another man was hospitalized after being struck by a Suzuki as he worked in a manhole. The female driver of the Suzuki was arrested on suspicion of careless driving and operating an unlicensed vehicle, no insurance and no certificate of road worthiness.