Cops clock drivers doing over 80mph

| 07/03/2019 | 50 Comments
Cayman News Service

Police make a traffic stop (file photo)

(CNS): Drivers are being warned by police to slow down after almost a hundred speeding tickets were issued last week. Some drivers were clocked doing more than 80mph, although the top speed anywhere in the Cayman Islands is 50mph. Officers from the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit conducted a series of traffic operations as part of a clampdown on speeding after concerns from members of the public. Over the course of the week from Monday, 25 February, to Sunday, 3 March, police ticketed 98 drivers along Shamrock Road, the Esterley Tibbetts and Linford Pierson Highways.

“The speeds that we are seeing continue to be excessive, and I want to emphasize how much risk this level of speeding poses, not just to your safety but to that of other road users as well,” said Inspector Ian Yearwood, head of the traffic unit.

“However, it is not only a safety risk but a financial one. The standard fine for speeding is $20 for every mile over the speed limit. That means that most of those prosecuted during this week will be facing fines of several hundred dollars.

“If your fine exceeds $500 you will have to make a mandatory court appearance, where you are likely to lose your licence for a minimum of six months. And make no mistake, if you are caught speeding, you will be prosecuted,” warned Yearwood.

Police also reminded drivers that speeding penalties are doubled in school zones and other special zones.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Every single day I’ll see some halfwit indicate left to turn on to a roundabout then go straight on or right. Bonus point for using the left lane of a roundabout to turn right. How dumb do you have to be?

  2. Pastor Alfredo says:

    I was heading east earlier in the week having passed hurley’s and found myself in the correct “slow” lane at 30 mph unable to speed up because of a police car ahead of me to my right in the so-called “fast lane” driving at sub 30 mph. The rule of the road prevents me from undertaking a vehicle on the left, and for good reason. So I sat there in the “slow” lane unable to pass. As we approached the Chrissy Tomlinson roundabout on shamrock the police car moved into the “slow” lane right in front of me (without signaling/indicating of course) and I moved into the right hand “fast” lane in order to take the third exit at the roundabout onto shamrock towards Savannah. The police car, still ahead of me, proceeded to go stay in the left hand lane, the whole way around the roundabout, and exited at the third exit. All the while no signalling.

    He was in the correct lane but then moved into the wrong one and went round the roundabout in the wrong lane without signalling.

    Woe betide one of these chods ever pulls me over for a speeding offence if I creep a few miles an hour above the posted 40 on ETH. Policing by consent is a very precious commodity. And yearwood would do well to take a look at his own drivers’ shortcomings before feeling everyone else’s collar.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Triple the fines for commercial drivers…busses, marl trucks, taxis, etc.

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    • Anonymous says:

      7:55 I agree with that 100% Especially some of those bus drivers pulling out in front of you and hogging their way in without any form of indicators and speeding in excess of the limit with a bus full of people.
      I’ve personally been doing the limit 40mph and had one tail me only to blow his/her horn to then overtake to go straight through a pedestrian crossing with people that just crossed (luckily). Only to stop half a mile up the road to pick up! I called and reported it immediately in with the plate #.
      This driver should have been fined heavily or have his permit revoked.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If they are fined.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If an officer was to go hang out at Kirk Supermarket in the morning or evening you could end the countries deficit with all the fines you could give tickets for. Probably also take half the vehicles off the road and ease up traffic.

    One vehicle I saw today, being driven by a man in a very expensive Armani suit, had not been licensed in 8 years, he parked it right in the front area. It caught my eye because the sticker wAs visible, then as I stood there I turned around to look at all the other cars and I counted 26 out of 35 vehicles that were expired 4mths or more.

    Just saying. Be proactive. Not reactive.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Be careful my dear ,someone pointed to my old sticker weeks ago reminding me to do something about it . I pointed to the new one to which is hardly visible and sets on your your front windshield under your mirror ..and yes I took off the old one .ha ha

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Slow drivers cause more accidents as it frustrate people on the road.
    can something be done about jolly rogers – that accident magnet is again frustrating drivers to work and school where people are taking risks.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Something that people seem to forget is that it says speed limit not that you have to go 40 in a 40mph zone but that it is the limit.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Jamaicans and Caymanians

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  8. Anonymous says:

    On the bypass out to Countryside, the speed limit is 40 but people be going 30-35… So I certainly couldn’t go any faster but the a$$hat behind me tailed me like it might help the situation…

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Again, RCIPS is only focused on speeding fines and not enforcing other aspects of the traffic law, like using indicators on a round about. Which in my opinion is more hazardous than speeding, and would allow for a more efficient commute but, why should we expect the RCIPS to educate drivers when CIG wont even educate their own. Goes to show that money is all CIG is about and not the true improvement of the island for the benefit of all. What a sad backwards place…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed, PLUS using indicators when changing lanes generally (not suddenly cutting in front of someone in the next lane without warning) and also indicating BEFORE suddenly braking (or turning a corner, … not AFTER half-way already turned) – I would like to see signing along the roads saying ‘Indicate BEFORE maneouvering’ or the like…. Basic rules of road etiquette (as outlined in most Countries’ Road codes) should be something taught to Learner drivers and clear rules should be ‘seen to be’ applied before being passed on a driving test.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Staying in lane is particularly challenging here, for some reason. A pretty basic skill.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Obviously the ‘thumbs-downers’ here are some of the idiot ‘cases in point’ !! no clue how to drive properly.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Service company on Owen Roberts Drive has multiple vehicles with expired licenses, no window stickers or window stickers that expired in 2015. When the rest of us have to go through the yearly rigmarole to inspect and carry out renewals.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    no sympathy for speeders…they cause 90% of all accidents…..double the fines!

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    • Anonymous says:

      rubbish. People who are speeding are probably getting out of the way of terrible drivers, failure to indicate, wrong lane selection at a roundabout… in the wrong lane on dual carriageways (did you know if you’re not passing traffic you should stay in the left lane – no… thought not!).

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      • Anonymous says:

        Bus drivers are terrible. No indicators, wrong lanes on roundabouts, driving in the outside lane 10 mph below limit, pulling into main road without stopping ( I’ve did that to me today from the dock. Rushing to get to Burger King…honestly!!)

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Hope they ticket the morons who drive 15mph under the speed limit too.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly! The ones that drive well under the speed limit, block BOTH lanes by driving right beside another vehicle (I call these “tunnel vision” drivers) and people on cell phones holding up traffic because they are not paying attention to the road!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Those ones are disqualified, uninsured, high, drunk, or possibly all four – esp when their headlights aren’t on after dark.

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    • Royal says:

      Glad I’m not the only one! And it’s not just than they’re 15 – 20 miles under! It’s that they don’t even keep a constant speed, I call them bouncing baboons. They’re worst than speeders and probably cause ordinary people to speed.

    • Anonymous says:

      They are almost always on their cell phones. You can tell when they hang up cause they suddenly speed up

  13. Anonymous says:

    Excellent. Just need to focus on getting the POS cars and trucks off the road, you know, the ones that are dangerously bent out of shape, bald tires, cracked windscreens.

    Many cars here don’t seem to have seatbelts too.

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  14. Cheese Face says:

    It would be nice if people actually knew how the fast lane was supposed to work. Taxi driver sitting in the fast lane doing about 25 this morning on the Esterley.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Speed limits on the bypasses should be 60 not 40.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Literally no one does 40 mph between Butterfield roundabout and Camana Bay.. That needs to be a 50 minimum, 55 prefer

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  17. Anonymous says:

    What are the other special zones?

  18. Anonymous says:

    my dash cam records 100’s of traffic violations everyday… why aren’t all police cars fitted with dash cams?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Cause they should use their eyes and pull people over but I always see them just ignoring the problem drivers – no indicating, tint, speeding…… Lazy.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Great start but when will they start enforcing ALL traffic laws? I saw 2 speed operations last week both were during non peak travel times when the road was mostly empty. Also last week while heading north on North Sound way during rush hour (near the humane society)I witnessed a police cruiser heading south. Both directions were bumper to bumper. No less than 8 cars heading south decided to use the turning lane in the middle as their personal express lane, 2 were pickups with people riding in the back. Yup you guessed it the police cruiser just watched all of them pass by.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps we need to raise the speed limit to 60mph.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I seen a young guy post on social media yesterday that in the Brac he was giving a hundred dollar ticket for doing 45 in a 40, I think that was a bit harsh still..

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      • Anonymous says:

        Not harsh enough.

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      • Anonymous says:

        As stated: “The standard fine for speeding is $20 for every mile over the speed limit.”
        In case you need help that is: 45 – 40 = 5 then 5 x 20 = 100…

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        • Anonymous says:

          I know that but I’m saying that for only 5 miles over I would have giving him a break, I’m sure you went over the speed limit 5 miles before #ditwit

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  21. Say it like it is says:

    What’s happening with this shambolic new number plate system.We still have several thousand vehicles with the old plates, quite a number with no plates at all and the police who still do not have the technology to read the information contained in the new plates.

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