RCIPS invests in eco-beach buggies

| 15/02/2019 | 37 Comments
Cayman News Service

One of the new RCIPS electric all-terrain vehicles (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has purchased two new, fully-electric all-terrain vehicles to add to its fleet and provide officers with improved capabilities to conduct patrols along the beach and in off-road areas. The RCIPS said this week that police officers expect to test out the new machines this weekend. when they will be providing policing support for the music festival, which could attract as many as 10,000 people, according to organisers. 

The vehicles, which are Eco Charger E-ATVs, are licensed as a special police utility vehicle under conditions agreed by the Director of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing and the Police Commissioner.

These conditions include travel at lower speeds, the use of safety gear, special insurance and use only by specially qualified and trained drivers.

“These vehicles will help us gain access to previously inaccessible areas around the island, and make our beach patrolling more efficient,” said Police Commissioner Derek Byrne. “At the same time they are fully electric, so they are quiet and ecologically sound. Therefore they do not disrupt the serenity or beauty of our beaches, but at the same time lend a sense of security to our visitors and residents through greater police visibility.”

He said the buggies are intended for certain conditions but will also be equipped to carry a police dog in a specially constructed and air conditioned carrier. “They will add to our public order and drug detection capacities, especially in coastal areas,” he said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    who in the hell comes up with these foolish decisions? every morning I read more foolishness that the Government comes up with? Can we stop with the brain farts now?

  2. Anonymous says:

    its illegal for the general public to lic ATVs … but the police can? and you wonder where the hate for police comes from? STUPIDNESS like this. we cant tint our windows but the POLICE can. Its a crime for the general public, but the police don’t have to obey the rules. THEY CANNOT LEAD BY EXAMPLE. So screw them!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t have anything better to do than to buy toys and play in the sand?

  4. Think twice says:

    So are we going to also ignore the fact he is not using the correct helmet for what he is riding so they don’t even try to lead by example. Try using same thing on the road on a motor Bike and see what happens. Slow speed or not it’s not the speed your going but rather the speed the other person that would hit you is, or if the unit flips and lands on your upper body.

  5. Anonymous says:

    About the dumbest thing I have seen these idiots do in a while. Get off your atv riding ass and do your job. RCIPS management always spending money/looking for something to help with the fact that despite having a massive amount of staff, very few actually do their job. I agree with the soon destroyed comment. Reference he Dodge Chargers and the Marine Unit.

  6. jay says:

    could of used Segways. much more affective on beach patrol

  7. Anonymous says:

    they can ride them on road…but we cant?

    • Anonymous says:

      You did not know the police are not expected to follow the laws? I have seen illegal tint on their private vehicles in the police station car park, missing license plates, and they sure as hell do not indicate on round-abouts. Why do you think they would abide by any other rule that we are supposed to follow, if they can simply waive the requirement?

      They would do better by leading by example, but they do not. That is part of the reason why so many law abiding members of the community are frankly frustrated by the bunch of them.

      • Brian Sponge (West Bay) says:

        you can add use of mobile phones whilst driving to the list…have spotted three officers in the past week doing so. This creates a very unprofessional image for the RCIPS-elsewhere this would be a disciplinary matter with a ticket and sanction from the professional standards unit.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s almost as if police officers have certain powers and allowances as part of their job that regular civilians don’t

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sad, sad day in the history of the Cayman islands. Forget about tranquility.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Based on our very high rate of motor vehicle accidents per capita, it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured by a vehicle that has no place on any beach in Cayman.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Can we get some of these for whoever is responsible for picking up roadside garbage? I see them working in teams along highways in the US. Seems a good solution, but then again you have to realise you have a problem before it occurs to you to seek a solution.

  11. anonymous says:

    Just one more nail in the coffin of what was once our prime asset, a lovely tranquil beach, a great attraction for our stayover visitors. Do we really need these ATV’s zooming up and down a beach where tourists surely expect to get away from traffic.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are reading my mind. It is sad that it came to the need for this ugly vehicles and police presence on Cayman beaches.

    • Anonymous says:

      5.10pm I thought you all wanted Police patrolling the beach to alleviate all the thieves that patrol this area looking for rich pickings? It’s not feasible on foot especially when you are chasing the offenders across sand.

    • Anonymous says:

      You think the popo really going to zoom up the beac? Come on, it is a simple tool so they can go up and down the beach, they make zero noise. Give these people a break. Thank pop for what you do!

      • say it like it is says:

        9.54am so if they see a thief and he runs, they will dismount and chase him on foot.There was a case on a Florida beach where a police officer patrolling actually managed to run over a sunbathing tourist severely injuring him.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t take the Police long to destroy them. That said, it’s good to be a Police dog.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Only for dart and kaboo event or??

  14. Anonymous says:

    Does the Conmissioner know what ghost crabs are? Have they been given an opportunity to comment on the environmentally friendly vehicles? In any event, is it not a crime to drive a motorized vehicle on a beach?

    • Anonymous says:

      The law allows for invalid carriages (ambulances). Other vehicles may be permitted at the discretion of the Commissioner of Police and Director of the DVDL. You may want to have a quick read through of the Traffic Law to alleviate your confusion.

      • Anonymous says:

        And you might want to read the marine conservation law and understand the pressures on species such as ghost crabs before spouting off on how environmentally friendly it is to drive a vehicle on the beach.

        • Anonymous says:

          So you walking on beach has just as bad effect as the atv. As does your sun screen, and the beer you spill in the sand. Leave the beach empty I suppose

          • Anonymous says:

            Ghost crabs can (and do) outrun my feet. I also do not leave a scar or tyre tracks everywhere I go.

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