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Police issue 336 speeding tickets in two weeks

Police speed detection in operation (Photograph supplied)

Speeding remains the top offence on Bermuda’s roads as police issued 538 tickets for various offences in the past two weeks.

A police spokesman said it was 353 more tickets than the previous two-week period.

It brings the total tickets issued during Operation Vega to 4,842. The campaign was launched last July.

Out of the latest tickets, 336 were for speeding with drivers clocked at 60km/h to as high as 90km/h.

There were 56 tickets issued for driving an unlicensed vehicle, with the same number given for driving without third-party insurance.

A further 55 went for not having a driver’s licence, 15 were for driving in a dangerous manner, while one person was ticketed for driving while disqualified.

A further seven were ticketed for driving without a seatbelt and eight for riding with an unfastened helmet.

Four tickets were issued for use of a handheld device while driving.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the Tactical Support Unit said the heightened police presence had shown success from “a numbers perspective”.

But he said police would prefer to see a fall in numbers.

“Only then will we feel confident that people are paying attention.

“We cannot sufficiently stress that all road users need to take personal responsibility for their behaviour once they sit on that bike or get behind a steering wheel.

“The life you save may well be your own.

“We will continue to enforce the traffic laws as they exist but we also appeal for members of the motoring public to put safety first and slow down.”

The number of collisions is continuing to fall since Operation Vega’s launch.

Over the weekend, roadside sobriety checkpoints stopped more than 1,000 vehicles, with two arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Mr Cardwell said the checkpoints had started earlier than usual, which “caught a few people by surprise”.

He said residents had sent out warnings of the checkpoint on social media.

Mr Cardwell added: “We are certain this contributed to fewer individuals opting to operate vehicles while inebriated.”

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Published May 05, 2022 at 7:31 am (Updated May 05, 2022 at 7:26 am)

Police issue 336 speeding tickets in two weeks

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