On Friday 22 October, the RCIPS resumed Operation Quaker, with a focus on night time speeding and DUI, in response to a recent increase of serious collisions and fatalities occurring on the roads.
Over the first weekend of the operation over 36 tickets were issued to drivers found in contravention of the Cayman Islands Traffic Act, 12 of which were issued for speeding violations, and 2 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI. In addition, officers responded to 16 calls for service for motor vehicle collisions during the same time period.
"Driving at night time already has its challenges with reduced visibility of surroundings, so when motorists choose to speed and consume drugs and/or alcohol before operating their vehicle, the road ways can quickly become a dangerous environment for all road users. We want motorists to understand that speeding and driving under the influence is just not worth the risk when you consider the financial implications if you get caught, but more importantly, the often dire consequences of being involved in an accident," says Inspector Dwayne Jones, in charge of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit.
"With the support of the RCIPS Special Constabulary, who help bolster our road presence numbers during Operations such as Quaker, we will continue to do our part in making our roads safer through increased enforcement and visibility. And we continue to implore that the public make everyone's safety a priority by exercising good driving habits, especially when it comes to drunk driving and speeding, which are the leading contributors to fatal collisions in the Cayman Islands," says Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay of Specialist Operations.