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Ming: more than 30 people stopped for curfew breaches

Renée Ming, the Minister of National Security (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The island is still at the drawing board over the use of its network of roadside cameras to catch speeders and dangerous drivers.

Renée Ming, the national security minister, said the CCTV surveillance network was under review “in terms of the package deal and what improvements or enhancements we would like to see with it”.

Ms Ming was speaking last Thursday after police revealed 34 people had been stopped for breach of curfew since December 18 – 19 men and 15 women.

The ministry listed a total of 32 infringements by parish.

Paget topped the list with 11 curfew breakers detected.

A total of seven people were stopped in Pembroke, three each in Devonshire and Hamilton Parish and two in St George’s.

There was one alleged breach each for Sandys, Smith’s and Southampton.

Ms Ming said the Department of Public Prosecutions had approved charges in five cases and 27 cases were “still pending”.

Ms Ming discussed speed cameras after Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes said this month that CCTV already in place could be used to detect speeders.

But Mr Weekes said police lacked the manpower and other resources to keep track of the footage and issue tickets.

Ms Ming said that use the CCTV network to crack down on speeding “could well be a possibility – but we are in the infancy stages of that”.

She said dangerous driving was a concern that would be “a factor” in the review of CCTV.

Ms Ming said she had discussed the use traffic police in a meeting with senior officers.

She added: “They have agreed to come up with a robust strategy on having roads policing to assist with dealing with the behaviours that we see on the roads."

Mr Weekes told The Royal Gazette this month that the police lacked the manpower of decades ago, when the service could carry out more traffic work.

But Ms Ming said lower police numbers “doesn't mean they cannot be deployed and resourced sufficiently”.

Dennis Lister III, the chairman of the Bermuda Road Safety Council, threw his support behind speed cameras this week – but said the power to put them into effect was in the Government’s hands.

The two deaths on the island’s roads so far this year occurred in the space of a week.

Ms Ming said: "Any road fatality is a concern and that's one of the reasons why we have been trying to tackle it head-on, and also involve the Road Safety Council as well."

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Published January 25, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 24, 2021 at 6:40 pm)

Ming: more than 30 people stopped for curfew breaches

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