Loss of license could cause long term struggles

| 20/12/2011

_DEW3815-web.jpg(CNS): Dozens of drink drivers have now been arrested since the start of Operation Christmas Cracker, police reported Monday. Twenty-eight people who have been caught since the police seasonal campaign began now face the loss of their driving licences, hefty fines and other serious implications because they were caught drinking and driving. The RCIPS is currently embarked on an aggressive campaign to change attitudes towards drinking and driving. Encouraging people to think about the long term impact of the crime, Inspector Adrian Barnett warned drivers that losing their licence may only be the start of significant economic loss. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

“A conviction for drink driving could cost you much more than losing your licence or a fine,” he said. “If you have to drive as part of your job, you may end up losing that job, being unable to pay bills and ultimately you may not be able to pay your mortgage to keep a roof over the head of your family. So, if the thought of injuring or killing yourself or someone else is not enough to stop you from getting behind the wheel, think of the long term financial impact your actions could have on your loved ones.

“The RCIPS will continue to aggressively target drink drivers over the coming weeks. Road blocks and random stop checks will be commonplace. So, don’t gamble with your life or your financial security. If you plan to drink, designate a driver or take a taxi,” he added.

Police revealed that one of the drink drivers arrested at the weekend was trapped inside his blazing car in the early hours of Saturday morning after it crashed into a light pole in Cayman Brac in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

The driver was freed after emergency services smashed the windscreen. He was taken to the Faith Hospital, where it was found he was not seriously injured. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and dangerous driving.

Anyone who wishes to pass information to the police about drink drivers should contact their nearest police station.

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have lost my license from a DUI conviction and at first I was mad with the courts.  Having to pay fine, not being able to drive for 12 months caused me to loose opportunities.  New jobs, not make appointments, not being able to pick up my kids from school or simply go to get myself food when I was hungry. But after the angry faded I realised and have come to terms with my punishment and respected it and importantly learned from it.  So I strongly believe in these convictions if you can drink and drive knowing it is against the law you should have to take all the conseqences that come along with it.   Drinking and driving you put yourself at danger with loosing your own life and even more taking someone elses life so the next time you decide to drink think to yourself how can I get home safetly and more importantly without breaking the law!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The last time I called the Police to report a drunk driver was when one drove over a parking block and almost ran over my sister and I up on the deck where we were having lunch in town.  I was grilled and interrogated by the Police Officer (a woman) and fully expected a RCIP to show up but for some reason she was more interested in who I was and what I drive etc.instead of sending someone to prevent this person from going on the road.  It took a while for the drunk driver to navigate out of the parking lot and the Police had not come so my sister and I actually left the establishment behind the drunk driver and followed him .  The Police Officer kept calling back asking me who I was etc. and even though she seemed more interested in my credentials I kept telling her we were following the truck which was weaving all over the West Bay Road by this time and she needed to send someone.  She seemed completely disinterested. and needless to say the Police never showed up.  Fortunately there was no accident this time but I later learned that where we were having lunch was the chosen hangout of one Police Officer in particular (female) who could always be found there and always drunk……..enough said.  Unfortunately we have some good Officers who get lumped in with the absolute trash of the RCIPS.   On another note I am but one driver who sees so many indiscretions on the road and with so many cops driving around day and night I wonder how it is they don't see the same things and if they do, why don't they do something about the window tints that u cannot see through,  the license plate covers that block the plates where you cannot even see if they have a license much less read it, the vehicles with children and babies sitting in the lap of the drivers or crawling all over the car while it is moving, the vehicles that are parked in handicap spaces, cars and motorbikes that have excessively loud engines and exhausts that deafen the rest of us….etc. Oh…..and i saw a van run a stop sign the other day and pull right out in front of a Police car which was in a 40MPH zone and she had to brake hard and fast to keep from hitting the van and she did not even pull him over and give him a warning…..shame…. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Christmas a couple of years ago. Big party at a well-known restaurant with a large parking lot about a mile out of GT on West Bay Road near where RCIPS often set up mid-evening roadblocks.

      At 1am everyone piled out of the place and started racing their high-end cars round the lot. About 10-15 minutes, a couple of minor crunches and two fist fights later local residents in the neighbouring condos started calling 911 but no one turned up, presumably because the high-end patrons of this little jolly were all on the RCIPS 'untouchables' list. At roughly 2am, when the lot was clear one cruiser drove round and went away.

      Been posted before – if RCIPS wants to be taken seriously on this they need to stop excluding certain well placed people from their DUI round ups.

  3. ALL SEEING says:

    Have no mercy on these morons. They are not responsible people and they don't deserve driving priviledges. They are a menence to other drivers. These same fools will take a turn and don't care that someone is coming in another car. Stick it to them big time.

  4. Anita Justice says:

    This is just a comment and observation but the phrase “drink driving” I believe is so grammatically incorrect that it irritates to no end. Every time I hear it uttered by especially by this specific Inspector, it highlights what is fundamentally wrong with the RCIPS; limited proficiency in the basics, Reading, Righting and Rithmatic! 😉

     

    Nevertheless, keep up the good efforts cracking down on these poor excuses who want to drive drunk and risk the lives of everyone on the roadways!

    • Dick Shaugneary says:

      Believe what you wish, but "drink driving" is perfectably acceptable.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just because they say it in the UK doesn't make it sound less stupid.

      • Pondering Peter says:

        Albeit drink driving is expressly used in the UK, however if one considers the correct use of the English language and not Cockney slang, does “drink driving” in the UK sense extend to drinking a carbonated beverage or the like whilst driving? If not, drop the vernacular and use correct grammar henceforth.

         

        I wonder what would be said if Jamaican or Caymanian patois became perfectly acceptable in definitions contained Laws?!

      • Anonymous says:

        Parse the expression "drink driving" for us Dick to prove your point. Or are you too young to know what "parse" means?

  5. Bushwacker says:

    Throw the book at this these thoughtless buffoons whom believe that they can drive home safely whilst being drunk! In my opinion they are committing Attempted Murder every time they sit behind a steering wheel intoxicated. It is playing Russian Roulette, one tragic occasion the loaded chamber will be engaged! Just like what happened recently with the Medical Student and the several others whom loss their lives to such inconsiderate and selfish acts!

  6. Anonymous says:

    And in related news…

    Loss of life now known to cause similar struggles…

    Keep up the campagne RCIPS

  7. Anonymous says:

    Only in Cayman would the hardships of losing their drivers license be raised as a point of concern for the plight of the consequences of the drunk driver.

    • Anonymous says:

      It's what killed off drunk driving in the UK so why not?

    • FBB says:

      Quite an effective tactic actually.

      Being the selfish humans that DUI offenders are, they would more likely respond quicker to something that is going to affect them personally rather than actually consider the fact that they could take someone else's life. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great news! Any report on the person who took out the light poles?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please RCIP keep this up all year round, not just over Christmas. Also, please eliminate the dangerous drivers which are changing lanes at a high speed, weaving in and out of traffic! Monitor the stretch between Grand Harbor roundabout and Latern Point roundaboutand you will see some truly hair raising driving!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yup, and still no cops to stop the idiots flying past Redbay primary in the morning to skip in at the carwash. I have pretty much stopped giving way to them at the carwash now, funny how angry they get.