(CNS): Poor behaviour by drivers in addition to the quantity of visitors on the roads that’s fuelling the Cayman Islands’ excessive per capita crash fee will proceed to be main points for the police, senior RCIPS officers stated at a press briefing Wednesday, when the annual statistics for highway collisions, offences and fatalities in 2020 had been launched. Because the nation was in full or partial lockdown from the final week of March till July, highway collisions decreased by nearly 23%, however 9 individuals misplaced their lives on the roads, the identical quantity as in 2019. There have been 2,166 reported crashes and almost 4,000 dashing tickets had been issued.
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne stated that whereas the COVID-19 restrictions did lower crashes and offences in comparison with 2019, the figures are on the rise once more in 2021. He stated the lack of 9 lives “was a severe scenario”, and this yr three individuals have died to date.
Dashing and drunk drivers are additionally main considerations, Byrne famous. In keeping with the figures, there have been 228 summons issued for Driving Underneath the Affect, which is simply 16.2% lower than in 2019, when there have been 272 DUIs, regardless of the lockdown and the dramatic discount of drivers on the highway for greater than 4 months, particularly at night time.
The commissioner spoke of the necessity to increase consciousness about “driver behaviour, which is fairly erratic”, and singled out drivers of enormous vehicles as a selected concern. He stated this may proceed to be a magnet for the RCIPS by 2021 and that officers on additional time could be deployed over vacation weekends, when the DUI scenario was at its worse after drivers had indulged in consuming “periods”.
Superintendent Brad Ebanks stated that lowering highway fatalities was one of many issues he could be engaged on to attempt to forestall extra deaths on the roads this yr. “If we are able to stay at three that might be an accomplishment for us, and highway security is a excessive precedence,” he stated.
The police issued a complete of seven,651 visitors tickets throughout all three islands in 2020, which was simply 199 lower than had been dispatched to drivers the yr earlier than when there was no lockdown. Greater than half these tickets (3,997) had been for dashing, and though 50mph is the utmost velocity restrict wherever in Cayman, 67 tickets got out to drivers clocking 70mph or extra.
In a single case a driver was caught doing 75mph on Willie Farrington Drive in West Bay, which has a 25mph most velocity restrict. Two different drivers had been caught doing over 90mph on the West Bay finish of the Esterley Tibbetts Freeway.