Speed cameras may feature in Throne Speech
The installation of speed cameras could feature in the Throne Speech later this year.
Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security said: “If I had to put something in the Throne Speech for November — if there was something that I could hang my hat on in the next parliamentary year — don’t be surprised if you see speed cameras from my ministry as part of our Throne Speech initiative.”
With 140 plus CCTV cameras already installed, Caines said much of the hardware is already in place, so costs could be kept down.
Mr Caines said: “It is not the cameras that cost the money, it is the infrastructure. The infrastructure exists and we don’t have the technical inhibitions that we would have had five years ago, so the key pieces we would need to work out would be legislative pieces.”
Mr Caines was speaking at a town hall meeting at The Berkeley Institute on Wednesday alongside Walter Roban, the transport minister, to outline the five-year Operation Caution road safety plan.
Mr Caines said that police resources had been targeted on Bermuda’s gun and gangs crisis in recent years,
He added that the country was “not out of the woods” on gang violence, but the situation had eased, so meetings would be held to discuss potential reallocation of funds to road safety.
Mr Caines said: “That is something we will discuss with the Bermuda Police Service.
“What we are looking to do is set up a meeting with the new Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley and lay out the priorities for this government and for this country for the next six months — let’s put together a plan, including allocation of resources.
Mr Caines added: “I don’t believe that we are going to police our way out of this. That is a part of it, but education and consistency is another.”
The Royal Gazette’s Drive for Change campaign has asked for roadside breath tests, speed cameras and a graduated licensing programme for new road users.
Legislation to introduce breath-test checkpoints was tabled in the House of Assembly last week.
Mr Roban said that he had launched a review of the Project Ride scheme for young motorcyclists with a view to the addition of on-road training with qualified instructors.
He added: “Road safety training in Bermuda has not been that comprehensive over the years.”
Mr Roban said that a Green Paper was being prepared on the future of transport in Bermuda.
He added: “A review of Project Ride is part of what we are doing and it will become a programme that reflects the needs that we have to deploy now in terms of driver education and safe driving instruction.”
Other safety measures mentioned at the meeting included road-safety education from primary to adult level, an education programme for convicted drink drivers and a road-safety reporting hotline.
The ministers were unable to give a budget for Operation Caution, but pledged the Bermuda Road Safety Council’s annual budget for this year of $25,000 as a start.