West Bay cops clamp down on traffic offenders

| 30/01/2009

(CNS): Officers from West Bay Police station have made 92 prosecutions for various road traffic offences over a two-day period.  Between 27 and 28 January, 22 speeding tickets were issued; 44 traffic tickets for various violations such as failure to comply with stop sings and road markings; 24 people were prosecuted for not wearing seatbelts; and 2 traffic offence reports were issued.

“Road safety is paramount and drivers are encouraged to obey stop signs and road markings,” said Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. “Failure to observe speed limits, obey stop signs or to wear a seatbelt may cause the death of the driver or another person. People must obey the law or face the consequences.”

Howell added that members of the public had raised concerns about reckless driving by taxi drivers who were reportedly overtaking in the centre lane, driving excessively and illegally on the hard shoulder and stopping to speak to other drivers whilst in traffic. “There are consequences and taxi drivers guilty of driving in this way are warned to discontinue these practices,” she said.

In a walk-about by neighbourhood police officers on 28 January, residents in the Jefferson Road area expressed satisfaction with the use of speed humps that had reduced speeding on that road.

Howell stressed that in order to maintain law and order the police will address all areas of concern within the district of West Bay. “We are not going to let up on our efforts to address all areas of concern. Anything that diminishes people’s quality of life must be dealt with.”

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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