Those looking to sip a few bubbles at Sunday brunch, beware – police say they’re cracking down on motorists who have had too many mimosas.
“The RCIPS have also been informed of persons attending brunches on Sundays, consuming an exorbitant amount of alcoholic beverages and then proceeding to drive whilst intoxicated,” according to a press release issued last week by police. “In order to discourage and prevent this behavior, we have heightened police presence along main thoroughfares on Sunday afternoons.”
Ten tickets were issued Sunday, 13 Oct., when the first patrols carried out checks aimed to curb drunk driving after brunch. Those 10 tickets, however, were issued for speeding, according to police. The press release did not specify if any tickets were issued for drunk driving.
Police issued 328 tickets for driving under the influence in 2018, according to crime and traffic statistics available on the RCIPS website.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol is an offence that is dealt with as a priority within the service and specifically by the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit,” police said.
RCIPS warns about poor driving habits
Information on the heightened police presence surrounding Sunday brunch was included in a press release that generally addressed poor driving habits by drivers on Cayman’s roads.
“The RCIPS has received numerous complaints of motorists who have been driving in an inconsiderate manner on the roadway, and in doing so, violating a number of traffic laws and road code rules,” police said.
Among those violations are drivers failing to use indicators at turns and when entering roundabouts. Police said failing to indicate carries a penalty of $100.
The RCIPS also said distracted driving “continues to be a major concern on the roadway”.
So far in 2019, officers have issued just less than 400 tickets for driving while using cell phones. Those tickets are $150 each, and drivers could also face charges of inattention or careless driving if it’s discovered a collision was caused by a driver being distracted.
More than 1,300 speeding tickets have been issued in 2019 for speeds more than 55 miles per hour, police said, adding it is a concern “since the maximum speed for the entire Cayman Islands is 50 miles per hour”.
Officers have recorded vehicles going in excess of 95 miles per hour, according to police. The cost for speeding is $20 per mile over the limit and $40 per mile over the limit in a school zone.
That means drivers could face a $200 penalty if they are caught going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. In 2018, police issued 2,128 speeding tickets, compared to 652 in 2017.