Police carrying out roadside checks

Drivers throughout the districts this week will have noticed police checkpoints on some major roads.

According to Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter, the checks are part of an ongoing operation to improve road safety.

Ms. Carpenter said police were on the lookout for expired registration coupons, tinted windows and expired temporary license plates, among other infractions.

“The temporary plates should have been changed out by now,” she said, referring to temporary license numbers that were issued by the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing as it prepared to introduce its new electronic vehicle registration system.

Police officers are also stopping drivers for talking on their mobile phones while driving, she said.

The RCIPS is working with the Rotary Clubs of Grand Cayman on the “Share the Road” safety initiative and is handing out fliers about the campaign to drivers at checkpoints. Officers are also giving drivers some other reminders of the Share the Road campaign, such as fridge magnets and air fresheners.

Police Media Officer Jodi-Ann Powery displays some ‘Share the Road’ fliers during a police check point on West Bay Road Monday.

“We are reminding people that the road is a communal space,” Ms. Carpenter said.

She said the police were “moving around quite a bit” to cover wide areas of the island and also to ensure that the operation, which began Monday, was a highly visible one.

Police Media Officer Jodi-Ann Powery, who was on the road with the officers Monday, said that the RCIPS was using the ongoing operation “as an educational opportunity, but enforcing certain things we determine are a nuisance,” such as tinted windows and talking on mobile devices while driving.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers speak to drivers at a checkpoint on West Bay Road Monday. – PHOTOS: ALVARO SEREY

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  1. Same for me: my car is about one year old. DVDL would contact me “after one month”. Still haven’t received a call. I will head out to them myself now. Glad to see this article, else I wouldn’t have known I should have been notified already.

  2. It’s a good right the Cayman Islands Government are losing so much money in every department of the Government . Why does the DVDL issue two temporary plates ? Here where there’s no money owed to the DVDL , you get a temporary plate for 30 days and it’s your responsibility to go back and get the legal plates , and if you’re caught driving with an expired temporary you got to pay more money plus your new plates . And if the DVDL don’t have the new plates on hand to replace the temporary plates . How can they charge you for driving with expired temporary plates ?