Police plan summer traffic clampdown

| 06/07/2017 | 45 Comments

(CNS): Police are urging the community to use the new RCIPS ‘Bridge’ app to alert officers to any traffic infraction concerns they have, as they are planning a number of traffic operations this summer to clamp down on rogue drivers. The RCIPS issued 16 tickets Wednesday when they conducted an operation in the South Sound/Prospect area in response to community concerns about road offences.Officers from Neighborhood Police Department (NPD) said the issues of speeding, drivers ignoring direction signs, having no coupons and other minor traffic offences were raised by residents during a recent  community meeting.

“The NPD will be continuing with this initiative throughout the summer months, and as such NPD officers would like to hear from concerned residents via ‘the Bridge’ or by contacting the NPD at George Town if they have concerns over traffic issues within their districts,” an RCIPS spokesperson said.

Anyone interested in the app can go to the RCIPS website here to get connected with the NPD officers.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    We need traffic warden to control the road and parking which it will help the police to do other crime jobs..

  2. Anonymous says:

    If we want to encourage the public to get their vehicle licensed. Then something has to be done about the DVDL it’s such a task going into that place at any location. I waited three hours at the red bay location last week just to terminate the log book and plates of a car I was no longer planning to use. Then later on in the week went to the Bodden Town location to inspect and license my new vehicle…atleast they cut my pervious wait time at the other location still spent a hour or so to get everything done.

    Still this is no excuse for dark tint 15% is dark enough. But our system discourages drivers from even thinking about stepping foot in the license department.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear God! its like going back in time in this country. Considering it’s one of the Banking capitols of the world with all the up to date technology, we are still having to queue for hours on end at these outlets for the simplest of things. The UK doesn’t have ANY outlets for such registration for people to queue. We have the DVLA in Swansea which covers the majority of the UK and everything you can do electronically, or by the postal service if you are buying or selling vehicles and need to register new ownership……….a simple stress free operation. The same applies to tax your vehicle. They send you a reminder for renewal by post with all the details of registration and costs etc., you need. You ring up and an automated voice is on the phone directing you. You pay by debit/credit card over the phone. Simple!! Job done!! Why make it harder? Get into the 21st century Cayman. After hanging around for 3hrs at these outlets no wonder people are tired, daunted, bad tempered and frustrated. They leave there speeding down the road in anger……a potential accident risk!!

  3. Sharkey says:

    I must acknowledge that these comments are the smartest and most intelligent I have ever read, and that RCIP and the Government should read them all and maybe they would learn something to help make jobs easier and the Islands safer .

  4. anonymous says:

    Judging by the regular level of enforcement that sees cretinous standards of driving an all too familiar sight on our roads, might I suggest to the RCIP that whatever measures they employ during this “clampdown” become the “regular” level of enforcement? As it stands we have feeble enforcement as the norm, don’t we? So, RCIP, let’s try a lot harder, shall we? Thank you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why not walk the parking lots of the super markets, bigger companies, Camana Bay etc and hand out tickets for dark tinted windows, missing license plates and expired registration?

    • Anonymous says:

      Been telling the cops for years. Walk around Foster’s car park on a Saturday. Think they listen? No. We don’t care, don’t act and don’t listen.

    • Anonymous says:

      good comment, would be welcome in Little Cayman as well. Too many unlicensed vehicles on the road. If our officers would not find it too hard to get out of their vehicles and check parking lot at the airport, or in front of the store and bank, they would find enough vehicles with missing/outdated coupons,missing license plates and double tinted windows.
      It would also help if our local/part time vehicle inspector would not pass vehicles that are totally unroadworthy, but belong to certain friends.

    • Anonymous says:

      And forget those parking on yellow / double yellow lines and most deplorable are those with no disability parking in disability spots…regularly!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Suggestion: get all temporary plates replaced ASAP. If the law needs to be changed then get it done. Give people 1 month to get the change made. Have a special line at VL for this transaction ONLY. Open main VL on Shamrock Road for 4 hours on Saturdays for this transaction ONLY. Then after the month allowed give the person a ticket EVERY time they are seen without the correct plate. Maybe even impound the vehicle and change a fee for it to be released after the plate is replaced.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Park a couple of police units up at the ALT roundabout and the new Camana Bay roundabout this weekend with a video camera and issue either a CI$100 fine to everyone who exits the roundabout without using their indicator. If the fine is unpaid after 14 days then trace the owner through DVDL, treble the fine and impound the vehicle until it’s paid.

    I would offer a conservative estimate that the roundabouts are used by, say, 3,000 vehicles an hour. I’ve no evidence to back it up but if you drive here too then you’d probably agree with my estimate of 75% of vehicles not indicating to exit a roundabout. 2,250 infringements in an hour multiplied by CI$100 fine. That’s nearly a quarter of a million dollars that RCIPS will net in an hour’s work tomorrow if they put this in place.

    If everyone knew that it was going to cost them CI$100 each time they got caught doing it then you’d eradicate the practice before July was out and the roundabouts would be an order of magnitude safer for everyone.

  8. anonymous says:

    Speeding whilst weaving in a dangerous manner between lanes of traffic – predictably never using indicators – is a commonly seen activity here in Cayman. If we can all see it, why not the police? Okay, they can’t be everywhere, true, but for goodness sake, isn’t it self-evident that the cretins who repeatedly engage in this type of anti-social behaviour have no fear of being pulled over by the police. Why is this? Over decadesI have never witnessed any of these morons being pulled over and I can guarantee that if I drive between Red Bay and George Town tomorrow morning I will see moronic driving and not one police car on patrol. Something is not happening on our roads, folks. Are the police asleep?!

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, and even when they do indicate 90% slam their brakes on first, get half way through the turn THEN use their turn signals or just put on their turn signal and immediately start to pull in (even if they do not have space)….in other words trying to push you off the Road….see it all the time..

  9. Anonymous says:

    Can we please stop shutting down Harbor Drive for stupid events that only a handful of people attend!?! I understand that the road will be closed for the second time in less than a month on Saturday. This is a serious inconvenience to the vast MAJORITY of residents and tourists.

    Thank you!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Please sort out those:

    1. “yard maintenance” companies which haul trailers made out of a couple pieces of ply-wood and a metal frame – no break lights, no license plates.
    2. dump truck drivers racing all over the roads, carrying excessive loads uncovered.
    3. Taxi busses weaving in and out of traffic, stopping where suits holding up traffic behind them etc

  11. Anonymous says:

    I dont think it will help, I called them about a car that was double parked in a public parking lot, it had no tags and the sticker said 2013, an officer drove by, stopped next to it, didnt get out of the car and left about 30 seconds later. It is the same reason I dont call them when my car has been broken into, and even when my garage was broken into, I waste my time waiting on them, then nothing happens.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Good job RCIP! Keep it up commissioner.

    Another parallel avenue to consider is to investigate some of the inspection garages for letting unroadworthy cars get on the streets. There are at least two that would pass anything for a price (tint, broken lights, smashed up, etc.). The decrease in the quality of cars is one of the reasons for the increase of cars on island.

    • Anonymous says:

      Start with the one in WB. I bought an old car which supposedly had just passed it’s inspection there and two weeks later found out the car was not roadworthy and had to take it off the road. CI$1,200 later I finally have it back on the road. XXXX Two different mechanics have told me there’s no way this car should have got through its test.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I believe its time we allow technology to assist us (Cayman Islands), in all the minor traffic and serious accident infractions we have been seen on the island. It’s time for the police in Cayman to stop being responsible for peoples bad driving behaviour. I proposed the following partnership should be joined, between Royal Cayman Islands police service and the department of vehicle service, along with all registered insurance company on the island.

    it’s time that we compel persons to be captive of their bad driving behaviour. with the advance in technology today, it is not hard to for the police department to attached traffic offence to that drivers extract, and for insurance companies in force traffic violation, by making sure the traffic offense is paid for before the vehicle can be licensed. The same should be for the drivers license department, as some vehicles and insurance and certificate of roadworthiness does not fall on the same day.

    By so doing, this will free up valuable police resources, as the number of warrants issued by the courts. I believe this will also teach individuals to be more responsible when driving.

    Another important widely debatable topic is alcohol to blood ratio limit. that limit is far too high being 0.10 mill of alcohol to 100 milliliters of blood. Since the island statics show that there is 10 -15 deaths per year, I feel its time the rcips fight back.

    This brings me to the next topic, driving category ” classification of driver’s licence” its important for new road users to gain experience, but within particular classification, A new road user would be giving a lower classification, time, and passenger limit while using the road. Once no infractions have been committed over a two year period a full driver’s license can be issued.

    I believe if the rcips can lobby for an automatic fine of ($2,500) to imposed of those caught driving over limit as 1st time offence, or in many case automatic fine and 1 year suspension should the individual be caught a second time.

    isn’t time we take take back our son and daughters, from this necessary evil, the only way to do this is by educating our young people and adults of the dangers of vehicle and proper use of motor car.


    • ForRealz says:

      And speed cameras/redlight cameras. Technology can issue the tickets while the officers attend to other matters.

  14. Fred the Piemaker says:

    Some people are never satisfied. RCIPS doesn’t deal with traffic offences, people complain saying zero tolerance is key to preventing more serious crimes. They say they are going to clamp down, people complain saying they should focus on serious crime!

    How about we recognize that for the first time in like forever there seems to be an effort to actually police traffic offences including an active outreach to the public to report them, and at the same time there is a marked uptick in arrests and action on more serious offences like gun crime. Sure it’s not perfect, but it may be n idea to acknowledge and congratulating movement in the right direction instead of bitching about everything. Do you want Baines back? Then stop treating his successor the same way .

  15. Anonymous says:

    Every day I call in dangerous drivers on 911, I explain location and nearest police station. Nothing happens.
    Al this stuff is just marketing and fooling the public.
    Nobody cares……

    • Anonymous says:

      YOU are wasting 911’s precious time. 911 is for emergencies!! Life and death. Not for traffic infractions!!
      I can’t believe they keep allowing you to call without explaining how it works! How would you feel if you caused a death because you were tying up a line to chat about a window tint?

      • Anonymous says:

        True anywhere else in the world, except that the GT police station “Traffic Dept” hotline actually tells you to hang up and call 9-1-1. No joke.

  16. SSM345 says:

    Summer clampdown on road users during work hours when 90% are legit; but never at night when 90% are up to no good, drunk driving, fleeing burglaries in stolen cars full of stolen goods, racing and the list goes on…..
    Damn I forgot they do clamp down in December at night when about 2% of the regular DUI drivers carry on whilst the rest take a month off and bite the bullet of paying extortionate rates to our Taxi drivers.
    Criminals and law breakers love these updates from the RCIPs and probably have parties chanting “catch me if you can!”.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How do people get the Bridge app? Searched the Apple app store for RCIPS Bridge but didn’t find it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    In Scotland there are housing boxes for speed cameras located over at strategic places and they move the actual cameras around regularly. The local newspaper runs a segment every week telling the public where the cameras are going to be located from when to when as the main objective is to have motorists stick to the speed limit not to actually ‘catch’ them like a hunting spree.
    This seems to work and maybe is something that could be tried here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where I come from in the UK most police vehicles have ANPR – that reads licence plates then displays all the vehicle and driver details. It’s very, very effective.

    • Anonymous says:

      Some top official in government is going to let is wife open a dummy business just to buy the speed cameras. Then they are going to find out the ANPR cameras can’t capture plate numbers at night.. no value for money.. but here is what government will do.. 1 promote him to some big office and send him to uk..

      It has happened before … please don’t ask for speed cameras… we just a promoted government official.. than solution..

      For those you who is aware of our present camera system will understand this reply..

      How much more can one society take.. everyone taking so much, what will leave.

      For small island we have paid a sh..t load of money over the years …

      1.. George town hospital – north side M.L.A (90’s)

      2. Cuban houses – iron – the good doctor

      3. Tempura – and it’s after effects

      4. Environmental assessment for dock

      5. Cameras to help fight crime.. use less.. I have an idea.. ask the premier to stand under the light by the taxi stand on water front after 9pm, he is light skin I assure that camera will not pick him up clearly.. so imagine the others..
      6. Cayman airways .. sold our good planes.
      7. University of Cayman islands – and it’s after effects
      8. 3 chief officers salaries – in millions

      I’m sure you get the idea..

  19. Anonymous says:

    Really? The rise in burglaries/ robberies are not a priority? The most important issue re cars right now is the theft of cars, go after the tinted vehicles for traffic issues on your routes while solving main issues

    • anonymous says:

      The most likely method for my loved ones and myself to come to harm in Cayman is from dangerous driving, examples of which are seen daily. The ongoing toll in road deaths and serious accidents does not affect how people drive or their attitudes. The most recent ridiculous example of this was the car of tourists being all killed by a speeding car that was in a 25 mph limit on the wrong side of the road but somehow some people blamed this on a police car that had been passed at high speed rather than the reckless driving of the car that killed. All crime is important and should be stamped out of course, but the protection of life and limb should always be prioritised over property. As one who regularly uses the spotts speedway I am happy that the presence of police in recent months has brought the average speed on the road below 50 mph. To think that bad and dangerous driving do not affect people is to ignore the real risks these actions pose to the whole population. Remember, Buju could be coming to a road near you when you are out walking or your kids are riding their bikes.

  20. Anonymous says:

    The vehicles and drivers are fine ……they need to go locate them criminals (burglars) and do some real work

  21. Anonymous says:

    Having a “clampdown” rather than an approach of “consistently” enforcing the law is the problem here! Enough of the pleadings, warnings and clampdowns!
    Consistent Enforcement of the traffic laws are long past due!

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Police

      Post officers at roundabouts particularly Dart, Butterfield, Hurleys, Prospect to Shamrock Rd during rush hours. Rather than roadblocks on the daily commute, pull over people who look suspicious/tints/plates/do not indicate/in wrong lane. Sternly refer them to the road code and tell them what they did wrong or whatever course of action is appropriate for the case. After doing this for a month the message should be across to most. Then deal with any more offences (including Speeding, defective vehicles, etc.) with spot fines and make the courts a resource of last resort stop clogging up the system.

      Please don’t make us all late for work and turn a 40 minute commute turn into a 1.5 hour nightmare by doing a Hurleys roadblock at 7 am again. The traffic was backed up past the Ocean Club and you made some kids late for their exams.


      Law-abiding working person


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