Rogue driving persists as cops issue 283 speeding tickets

| 13/06/2018 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Inspector Ian Yearwood has highlighted the dangers posed by speeding drivers after the RCIPS traffic unit issued 283 speeding tickets in May and another 96 tickets for using a mobile phone while driving without a hands-free set. They also issued 171 tickets for excessive tint, 38 citations for dangerous driving and rounded up 36 drunk drivers during the month. Since the start of June, another ten people have already been arrested for driving under the influence, as the cops try to crack down on rogue drivers while they continue to flout the law. 

“We continue to see far too many people travelling at excessive speeds on our roads, which makes a tragedy that much more likely,” Inspector Yearwood said.

In one case that police highlighted as an example of the rogue drivers currently on the road, a driver who was pulled over by police at around 1:30 in the morning on 5 June turned out to have committed a long list of traffic infractions and was also wanted for theft.

Officers spotted a silver Nissan driving with a defective tail light on Pedro Castle Road, Savannah, but once he was stopped they discovered that the vehicle licence had expired, there was no insurance for the car and the windscreen was cracked. The driver had no licence or papers for the car and also appeared to have been drinking. A roadside breath test was conducted, with a result of 0.127%. Police then also discovered the man was wanted in connection with a criminal case.

The 28-year-old-man from Bodden Town was arrested on suspicion of DUI and using a vehicle with expired registration and on suspicion of theft, but has since been bailed.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is great news but please keep it up. I still see the stupid woman in the white car driving with lights that constantly change colour, this feature seems popular on jeeps now too. Seen a BMW with red lights at the front, and enough taxis and such with blue lights plastered all over them to suggest they’re being given away for free. There’s also the multitude of cars driving around with dangerous crash damage. Do old CRVs come with cracked windshields as standard???

    As a motorcycle rider, i also see so many fools on their phones too. Selfish pricks. This is every nationality and gender too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does bail require an actual bond or surety for an amount of money, and, if not, why not? If this guy is wanted for theft, doesn’t that necessarily mean he jumped bail before? Is here going to be a forfeiture? All this seems to be very informal and useless to the outside observer.

  3. E says:

    where they need to patrol is coming from airport 5pm where drivers take the right lane do a little loop around the mini roundabout just to then go into the left lane.

    its very annoying as you are waiting n assholes just go straight to the top and use the roundabout.

    another place they need to monitor is Esterly Tibbett’s Highway especially weekends cars go flying.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, but then one day I tried to merge left after coming out of the side street by Fosters and nobody would let me in all the way to the round about, so I did the loop de loop, boom.

  4. Anonymous says:

    treble all fines. problem solved.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure speeding is the real problem it’s just the easiest to ticket. Every single day I see idiots weaving in and out of traffic and using the left hand lane to turn right at roundabouts; is there even an offence of dangerous or careless driving here? UK police would have a field day here.

    • Anonymous says:

      I just saw a big bus, the tourist carrying kind, with all tail lights out. Just a little dangerous.

    • Anonymous says:

      Garbage truck cut me off tonight. I was in the correct lane, properly using my indicators throughout, taking a right from EW Arterial onto Spotts stretch. Truck travelled in left lane on EWA, round the roundabout and as I signal to take my exit only to find my way blocked by the garbage truck on the left of me. There is not one single night passes without someone doing this on this particular roundabout as I drive home. It needs to be stopped. Police need to park there and pull them to the side of the road as they come onto Spotts stretch (so as not to obstruct the rest of us who do know how to drive properly). ETH and LPH they drive way too fast.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just curious.. Where I’m from it is illegal to stop on a crosswalk in traffic however, I see no one allowing for this when traffic is backed up. Even a popo behind me stopped on the one in front of KFC in town just yesterday.

    • Anonymous says:

      I never stop on the cross walk when stuck in traffic, and have noticed this too. Same behaviour on roundabouts blocking entrance and exit points in traffic. Illegal where I come from as it worsens the gridlock and causes accidents when tempers eventually flare.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The laws need to be changed urgently. Nobody should be able to renew their registration or license with any outstanding fines for traffic offenses and perhaps a $10 additional fee per day for late payment would “encourage” more people to a) drive in a decent manner and b) pay their fines in a timely fashion.

    Also, why are there no automated speed traps. This is desperately needed on Shamrock Road, South Sound and each of the By-pass roads.

  8. True blue says:

    I note they issued 171 tickets for illegal tinting, that leaves about 15,000 vehicles to go.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I admit I am an expat and have nor been stopped by the police in Cayman. I have seen several articles in which suspects have been “bailed”. What does that mean in Cayman? In the US a DUI stop is an automatic night in jail and a cash deposit (bailed) required for release. The way these articles read this does not sound like the case in Cayman. Just want to know in case the question shows up on my residency test.?

  10. Anonymous says:

    keep it up RCIP! Great job! they need to learn to not bring their bad habbits here….

  11. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    Good job. Please keep it up; this is a change we can all see and appreciate. The more that RCIP are visible, the more safe we will be. I would like to see them parked and using radar/watching more often.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Or only about 1 DUI bust a day! That’s the tip of a very large iceberg.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Please RCIPS can you monitor Shammrock Road more frequently and consistently – not only for speeders, but for dangerous driving (mainly passing/overtaking on the double yellow line)!!!!

    This is a very serious issue and needs to be addressed!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good job

  15. Just Wondering says:

    I cannot help wondering why some laws have not been properly enforced before. Will someone in government tell me why some laws are now being enforced?

  16. ThIs WrItInG Is VeRy IrRiTaTiNg says:

    So on average less than two tickets per day for each of the 12 dedicated offices in the traffic unit. I don’t think that is anything to brag about.

    There’s no mention of any tickets for running red lights, parking on double yellow lines, running stop signs, failure to use indicators, unauthorised parking in handicapped spots or any of the other common infractions that happen every day. Hopefully the police will expand their repertoire beyond speeding, window tint and DUI soon so the standard of driving on our roads can start to improve.

    • Anonymous says:

      7.31pm some people are never satisfied!……….like yourself!
      You clearly don’t know how much work this involves. Officers cannot be at every corner of this island every minute of the day and what’s been achieved is a job well done. Don’t knock RCIPS for doing a good job. The 400 officers are not all attached to the Traffic Department. There’s a massive amount of other crime going on in this island to combat. If everyone done their bit there’d be a lot less. So support RCIP and support your community and maybe Cayman would be a better place to live than it is currently.

      • Anonymous says:

        You sound like a copper that doesn’t want to do anymore work! How can you say people are never satisfied when the RCIPS is traffic department is partially doing their job? I completely agree with the original poster as all RCIPS seem to focus on is speeding, DUI and window tint, more recently. It is easy to catch a speeder, just stand on the road with a speed gun. On the contrary, you have to be proactive and work a bit harder to catch drivers committing other traffic violations. I completely agree with you that it involves work, but that is exactly what officers are paid to do. They did not sign up for an office job.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, 8.27am I am an ex copper that was attached to the Traffic Dept.. of RCIPS that’s how I know first hand what this work involves. I did more than my fair share of work at every shift and plenty more duties on top! I have since retired but would give my right arm to be back in that traffic car I can assure you. You need to walk a mile in these officers shoes before commenting on things you know nothing about.

          • ThIs WrItInG Is VeRy IrRiTaTiNg says:

            You completely missed the point. I am glad something is finally being done to enforce the traffic laws but it is not enough and there only seems to be a select few laws enforced. If my math is correct the statistics in the article above mean that each of the 12 officers in the traffic unit are issuing fewer than two tickets per day on average. You are correct I have no idea how much work is involved in issuing a ticket but I think it is safe to assume that issuing two tickets would not take an entire shift. I understand that they are responding to collisions and other issues on the roads but that can’t be taking up all of their time either. If they wanted to issue tickets for running red lights they could go to just about any traffic light on the island during rush hour and issue two tickets every time the light changes. Cameras do this work in first world countries and the ticket comes in the mail a short time later.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, but they could be at 12 corners and we’d notice that! Buttttt they aren’t.

      • Anonymous says:

        When I can drive less than 5 miles and see at least 10 cars every time without front license plates then there is still a long way to go. Many of these cars are being driven by people who I assume would otherwise consider themselves law abiding citizens so I doubt that it would take too much effort to get this issue remedied.

        I don’t think people commenting on the other issues that are causing hazards on the road and that aren’t being addressed in these reports is not supporting the RCIPS. I believe we are all glad that they are starting to make inroads into these issues, but after waiting so long for action and seeing these issues get worse over time, these things look like a drop in the ocean when viewed against what goes on on the road every day.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What about driving to close to the car in front if you?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Great job! I am starting to see a difference. Please keep the pressure on.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Could we have a breakdown as to the countries where these persons learned to drive?

    • Anonymous says:

      Rude. Everyone here drives like crap.

      • Anonymous says:

        Some worse than others. Admit that, or the solution will be forever out of reach.

        • Anonymous says:

          The cop who launched the last ‘drive safe’ campaign made me laugh. He said Brits didn’t know how to use 4 way stops and Americans didn’t know how to use roundabouts. Yeah like they are the problem!

      • Anonymous says:

        Road deaths per 100,000 vehicles

        Canada. 9.5
        UK. 5.1
        USA. 12.9
        Trinidad. 58.9
        Jamaica. 61.7

        • Anonymous says:

          Go figure. I think we know what nationality most dangerous drivers are. I mean just look at the taxi drivers!

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