Police speed trailer comes under attack

| 06/01/2010

(CNS): The RCIPS has said that over $1000 of damage has been done to a police speed trailer over the holiday weekend. Sometime between Thursday 31 December 2009 and Monday 4 January 2010 rocks were thrown through the screen of the speed trailer which was parked in South Sound Road close to South Sound dock, causing substantial damage, police said today (Wednesday 6 January). The trailer has a large screen which flashes the speed of each vehicle travelling on a specific stretch of road as well as the speed limit and is used mainly as a tool to remind drivers to watch their speed and stay within the limit.


Inspector Adrian Barnett of the RCIPS traffic department said the trailer had obviously gotten under someone’s skin. “It looks like the fact that the trailer highlights when people are breaking the law has really upset someone,” he observed.

“It could be it’s a disgruntled motorist who has taken it badly that the machine has broadcast his or her reckless behaviour – or it could merely be someone who has smashed the trailer up just for the sake of it. The fact is that the damage will cost around CI$1000 dollars to repair.”

However, the traffic officer warned that this would not prevent the police from keeping up the campaign to have drivers obey the traffic laws.

“But don’t worry my message to the law abiding public of Cayman is clear. The loss of this machine will not deter us from making sure that we continue to make Cayman’s roads safer and educate drivers on the need to drive at appropriate and safe speeds,” Barnett added.

The traffic department has confirmed that it has a number of other trailers which will continue to be placed at strategic locations across the islands.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact the RCIPS traffic department on 946-6254 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I watch with interest as much is made about the damage to the trailer while there is no mention of the damage done to at least 10 vehicles the same night causing thousands of dollars worth of damage

  2. Anonymous says:

    About time some one broke it ! does anyone really think this stops people from speeding, most cars these days actually have a device that tells the driver the speed of the vehicle anyway. You can drive all day long and break every road rule in the country and never get a ticket. Most police cars dont  ever indicate, stop correctly at a stop sign or anyone inside ever wears a seat belt. In most normal countrys you can drive for weeks and never see an accident but why every day do we see some sort of crash on our roads?

    God bless the F1 drivers of Cayman and i hope you can always drive like an idiot and not take an innocent person to the grave with you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Inappropriate.  But I do agree that these do very little to stop speeding.  Light could flash all day long and people will still drive how they want.  I mean, if people do that while crossing the police and some even try to run when caught, then…?

      If Cayman is going even consider recovering from these harsh times we’re in then we have to do something about crime overall and how it is view.  Why are those in power& the adults in society behaving so stupidly and influencing our younger generations?

      • Anonymous says:

        The speed alert is not meant to stop the speeders who don’t give a damn, rather it is an instrument to alert drivers who are not aware of their speed at a given location at a given time hopefully adjusting their speed accordingly.

        The machine also records the levels of speeding and traffic flow at various speeds for traffic officers to identify speeding hot spots.

        Personal responsiblity is also an ingredient in this discussion that in many drivers is sorely lacking.

    • Rorschach says:

      I am not sure if you are being facetious or serious???  If you are being facetious, then, you need to work on your material.  If you are being serious, then you are an outright a$$…to say, "it’s about time someone broke it" is not only ignorant but it shows that people like you have NO respect for anything, much less the laws of this country.  I agree there are some police officers who are in dire need of an attitude adjustment, but don’t make yourself appear to be as bad as they are by posting dumb statements like this…

    • Commons Sense says:

      You’re a real DONKEY!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Since a convoy of police cars and a speed trailer have now been attacked, I’m expecting to hear that a police station with be shot up, robbed or attacked next. What is the Cayman Islands becoming to be ??? God only knows.

    Please remember that the RCIPS is now under the full command and control by the brit’s from the Governor to be, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Supt CID, Police Training Department, Traffic Management Unit etc etc.

    Therefore, we can stop blaming the remaining few native Caymanians and caribbean officers that exist whom has some small position of authority and control, for all the upcoming major screw up’s for the New Year 2010.

    Amen and God save the Queen !!!!




    • Rorschach says:

      The few remaining native Caymanian and carribebean senior officers who remain, relinquished authority and control to the Brits a LONG time ago instead of doing the right thing and standing up to them!!!   So you have to include them in ALL the upcoming screwup’s for 2010!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    That particular area in South Sound should be considered very dangerous for motorists, as I know of an incident last year, where a rock was thrown and it smashed the back glass of a passing vehicle with a child sitting in her child seat.  This child was almost blinded and her forehead also received a big cut, that will scar her for life.  luckily the child’s eye appears to not had received permanent damage, but at the time of the incident the mother and child was very shaken and distraught. As a matter of fact, the mother had to spend about CI$800 dollars to repair her back window, all because of some rude and out of order person, throwing rocks at passing vehicles.  I wish to warn all motorists whilst approaching this area, to please proceed with caution. 

  5. Joe Bananas says:

    What this shows is that Cayman has too long let the criminal element florish and grow within itself to the point that they belive this lifestyle they have choosen is O.K. with everyone else.  The only way to get a handle on it now is to be relentless with the capture and punishment of every kind of criminal behavior be it speeding, running red lights or murder.  Target rich inviorment for the police and the public.  You want less crime?  Do your part to send a message to the criminal element on the island. Turn them in.  Tell on them.  Fight back or it will get much, much worse and someday you will be the victim too.

      The court system must do its part in the quick and proffesional sentencing of  criminals to real and balanced punishment.  Right now rape,murder,and burning of the body means a never ending circle of imprisionment including full meals, health care, and safety from the public.  They are better off then many honest, hard working Caymanians right now.  This is justice???

  6. dxtr says:

    Is there any record of how fast the rocks were going?

    Can we install the cameras and just post the pictures of the offenders on some website?

    • True... says:

      Yup, you are so right.  Worked perfectly with the pictures from the Margaritaville robbery.  Got descriptions, pix, excellent.  Things went like clockwork.  They did, right?  They did catch the criminals they had on video,published and were wearing well identified clothing, right?  Awww shucks, foiled again.

  7. Anonymous says:

    There are a few kids that live in this south sound area that are known to throw eggs/rocks at passing vehicles and I would bet they probably did this damage.  I’ve had major damage done to my new car, caused by the vandals, while driving through the area and I know first hand what they are capable of.  Police should question some of the parents around the area and question their kids.

  8. A thought... says:

    Since these have cameras built in (or can), they could/should be able to capture vandals at work…  No? 

  9. The Enforcer says:

    Looks like Wendy may have been speeding when she took that picture. Can we issue "Citizens Tickets"?

    • frank rizzo says:

      Whomever took the picture was outside of their parked car in full obeyance of traffic laws, right? It doesn’t appear to me that the picture was taken from inside a vehicle. Keep trying though.

    • Recently Enlightened says:

      Seeing as how the trailer in the picture is parked on the right-hand side of the road and there are pine trees with a mountainous landscape in the background, I dare say that is not a picture of a speed trailer belonging to the RCIPS. Plus I don’t think Wendy is the speeding type…

  10. Anonymous says:


    That’s ACTUAL BODILY HARM to a robotic!  I wonder if you can’t pay the $1000 dollars, how many years is the sentence?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I suppose cameras also need to be mounted onthose next in our efforts to combat our ever escalating crime!