Road safety campaign pays off

Police celebrated a “good result” over the festive season with no major collisions and no fatalities on the roads.

Since the beginning of the holiday safety initiative, Operation Magpie, 32 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Another 52 people were caught speeding, 48 were cited for misusing mobile phones and 35 were cited for seat belt violations.

There were a total of 226 road collisions during the campaign, which began on Nov. 30 and ended Monday.

It was a quiet New Year’s Eve for police, however, with publicity surrounding the safety campaign credited for improving motorists’ behavior.

There were just five DUI arrests during the last week of the campaign, including New Year’s Eve, and 36 collisions, far fewer than in previous weeks.

Inspector Adrian Barnett, head of the Traffic Management Unit, said, “Drivers were being more sensible last week, in part because they knew we would be out in force, thanks to the media and constant safety messages.”

On the worst week of the campaign, in December, there were 69 accidents.

Operation Magpie may be over, but Mr. Barnett says enforcement will continue in the new year.

“The Traffic Management Unit is being reinforced because we know that the need for enforcement and road investigations is only going to increase,” he said.

There were 12 road fatalities in 2015 compared to four in 2014.

Chief Inspector Claudia Brady, area commander for George Town, said the December campaign was a successful end to the year.

“This is a relief and a good result and shows that our safety campaign efforts and the media’s assistance with spreading safety messages has paid off,” she said.

“Despite that good news, the high number of overall DUI arrests shows that some people still aren’t getting the message.”

The RCIPS Holiday Safety Initiative also focused on personal, home and business safety, as well as water-related safety. Improving road safety was the main priority of the campaign, which began with the release of a road safety documentary, “Road Impact: Cayman Islands,” jointly produced by the police and Cayman 27. The film will be shown in schools later this year.


  1. While operations Maggie might have done good during the holidays, but I don’t think that it could be considered a big victory, after seeing the stats of 226 collisions in one month, and 12 fatality in 2015,compared to 4 in 2014. This looks like the police should have made their new years resolution to take all bad drivers of the roads, because it looks like driver are getting better in Cayman.

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