100 face prosecution for speeding in school zones

Police report that they warned more than 100 people for intended prosecution so far this year for speeding in school zones. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

More than 100 people have been warned for intended prosecution and 10 have been disqualified from driving this year after speeding in a school zone.

Police said most of the infractions occurred at the Red Bay and Savannah primary school zones.

The speed limit in school zones, during designated drop-off and pick-up times, is 15 miles per hour. The penalty for breaching the speed limit is $40 per hour over the limit, double the usual fine of $20. If drivers exceed double the speed limit in school zones, they can lose their licences for more than six months and get a speeding fine.

School zones are active Mondays to Fridays, at 7-9am and 2-4pm.

Police noted that officers had also issued more than 330 speeding tickets in October. In about 60 of those cases, drivers were caught exceeding 60mph, meaning that, at minimum, those motorists face fines of $400 each.

“Speeding continues to be one of the leading causes of road collisions and fatalities in the Cayman Islands. Traffic officers are imploring that all motorists observe the speed limits in each area and ensure that they do not speed or drive in a reckless manner,” the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said in a statement.

The police outlined a number of commonly seen motoring infractions, also highlighting “the unsafe manner in which passengers travel in the back of pickup trucks”.

Police said such a practice was “extremely dangerous as passengers have no way of securing themselves in the vehicle in the event of a motor vehicle collision”.

Drivers of pickup trucks carrying passengers on the truck bed will be ticketed $100 for driving a vehicle with an unsecure load or passenger, police said.

Officers also reminded the public to use their indicators when approaching a roundabout and when making turns on and off of public roadways.

“During morning and evening commutes, officers have noticed that persons using the roundabouts are not indicating to the lane they wish to exit and this in turn causes a build-up of traffic to occur,” the RCIPS said.

The offence of failing to indicate carries a traffic fine of $100.

The use of cellphones while driving also continues to be an issue, police said. Drivers using their cellphones, if caught by police, face a fine of $150. In addition, “In the event of a motor vehicle collision, distracted drivers may be charged with careless driving and other similar offences,” police said.