Holiday crackdown nets dozens of traffic tickets

Police launched their Christmas traffic campaign on Dec. 7. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Police arrested seven people and issued more than two dozen traffic tickets in the first week of the holiday season crackdown.

From Dec. 7-13 Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers arrested five people for suspected driving while drunk and two motorists for driving while disqualified.

Twenty-six traffic citations were issued for offenses including expired vehicle registration, expired insurance and illegally tinted windows.

About a dozen roadblocks were set up around the islands during the week.

“We have varied our locations and tactics in order to improve the efficiency of these operations,” said police service Inspector Ian Yearwood, head of the Traffic Management Unit. “While we are getting a result, the point is to have a deterrent effect on drunk and unsafe driving.”

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Police also arrested three people on Dec. 9 in a vehicle that was carrying ganja.

A rider on a dirt bike was also arrested on Dec. 9 for driving without insurance and driving while disqualified. The rider, a 24-year-old man from George Town, was spotted by police on Walkers Road around 9:30 p.m.

A passenger in a vehicle stopped at a roadblock on Dec. 9 was also arrested and charged with assault following an incident in which Inspector Yearwood was attacked.

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