Annual holiday driving crackdown coming

The annual traffic and crime crackdown by police for the holiday season begins next week.

Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Claudia Brady said the enforcement period – from Wednesday, Dec. 10 through Jan. 4 – will focus on a different area of criminal activity each day.

“The first week of the campaign will see road safety at the forefront, and we will be out in force and encouraging safe driving and don’t drink and drive messages,” Ms. Brady said. “High visibility patrols and road checks will be commonplace.

“These checks not only help us to detect traffic offenses, but they also give us another opportunity to search for illegal drugs, guns, other weapons and wanted person.“

In addition to road enforcement measures, the 2014 holiday season safety campaign will branch out to personal safety and business security, RCIPS Superintendent Angelique Howell said.

“It’s a much more rounded campaign and, through our program of education and enforcement, we hope to reduce the opportunities for criminality and make people much more aware of the role they can play in making the Cayman Islands’ festive season a safe and crime-free one for everyone,” Ms. Howell said.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is simply the most amazing headline I have ever seen. We are announcing to those who drink and drive that theres a campaign on which says were watching. Outside that time, we might watch.

    Should I look forward to the next headline which says robbers beware or the henhouse has a sign on it for the benefit of the fox owner off island.

    If RCIP has the time to announce their covert operation this time of year, why not consider it a daily challenge. I think its a novel idea.

  2. In response to Len King, it is not uncommon for police to announce such initiatives, especially around the holiday season. Part of the reason they make the announcement is for a deterrent effect. People tend to drink and drive a bit more around the holiday season, and by announcing it this enforcement period, they make people think twice. The goal is not just to get as many arrests or tickets issued as you can — it’s to keep people safe.

  3. Safety is not a seasonal thing nor is it a campaign. Its a 365 day commitment. Theres 350 police officers looking after the jurisdiction of some 55K people covering an area smaller than some building lots in Texas.. If they need to announce that during the holiday season that they are beefing up their patrol, whats happening the rest of the year.

  4. Mr. King — I’m not sure what world you live in, but this is entirely common, pretty much everywhere. Again, I think you’re missing the point. Safety campaigns happen all the time. It is not at all unusual. Just because Cayman is a smaller jurisdiction doesn’t mean the police are wrong for having an annual campaign focusing on safety at a time when many people are less safe. This is common practice in jurisdictions of all sizes, and it is also common practice to announce such campaigns.

    To answer your questions about the rest of the year, the police focus on other aspects of their job (which they still focus on now) without placing an extra emphasis on motor vehicle safety. If you think the police should have checkpoints on the roads 24/7, 365 days a year, that may be your opinion, but I’m sure most would disagree with it.

    I know it’s easy to throw stones, but you seem to be criticizing the police for doing something that will have a positive result on safety. Not sure why you have such an issue with this.

    Some examples of this exact thing, happening all over the world (and strangely they all make public announcements — seems like no one in the world has the appropriate 365 commitment to safety):

    http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2014/november/edinburgh-police-launch-festive-safety-campaign

    http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Operation-Tonic-Police-s-annual-drink-drive/story-25025704-detail/story.html

    http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/police/TopStories/vipernews.shtm

  5. Mr. White

    Im going out on a limb here but I am betting a lot of money that you are not American, Canadian or possibly not even Caymanian. That pretty much leaves the UK as my best guess, leaving out the possibility of Ireland but a good bet its a bright light for Scotland.

    The police are certainly not wrong for a campaign. Well done is more how I feel.

    My point is that I would ask that you take a picture of the next time you are driving and you see a patrol car giving out a ticket for highway infractions. Its more rare than a white crow.

    So crackdown yes, but making a public announcement. Why not wave a flag over the government building saying we are doing a good job. Same thing.

  6. Mr. White,

    I am not Scottish or Irish. I’m Canadian.

    As for tickets for traffic violations, I’ve received two here in Cayman — one for speeding and one for illegally passing. I’m hoping there won’t be another any time soon, but if there is I’ll take a picture for you.

    I still don’t think you understand. The point of the public announcement isn’t to praise themselves for doing a good job. It’s to put the public on notice that there will be increased enforcement. The goal of the enforcement campaign is not to raise money and give out more tickets. If everyone sees this notice and drives extra safe and the police make no arrests and give no tickets, the campaign will have succeeded.

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