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Sobriety checkpoints to take place over ten consecutive days

Roadside sobriety checkpoints were introduced in Bermuda in September 2018 (File photograph)

Police will conduct roadside sobriety checkpoints in seven parishes every day for ten days starting on July 23.

The operation marks the longest consecutive running series of checkpoints since their introduction in September of 2018 and includes the Cup Match holiday weekend.

Starting on Friday, June 23, and ending on Sunday, August 1, 2021, there will be checkpoints in the following parishes: Hamilton; Smith’s; Devonshire; Pembroke, Paget, Warwick; and Southampton. Sandys and St George’s are excluded.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Police Service said: “Conducting road sobriety checkpoints is resource intensive. However, police officers on general patrol – not just at the road sobriety checkpoints – will be on the lookout for any traffic offences as part of Operation Vega, which includes impaired driving.”

The BPS did not reveal how many officers would be patrolling the checkpoints but said they would be manned by officers from the Community Policing Division, the Roads Policing Unit and the Bermuda Reserve Police.

The spokesman added: “Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. This effort is not to be punitive – it is to help make our roads safer.

“Please do your part by not drinking and driving. If you plan to drink, make sure you have arranged for a designated driver or taxi to get you to your destination safely.”

The Royal Gazette’s Drive for Change road safety campaign pushed for the introduction of roadside sobriety checkpoints as well as the introduction of speed cameras and a graduated licensing programme.

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Published July 17, 2021 at 7:54 am (Updated July 17, 2021 at 7:52 am)

Sobriety checkpoints to take place over ten consecutive days

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