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Officer assaulted, dozens of people caught speeding over holiday weekend, say police

Police said an officer suffered injuries to both arms during an assault over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A police officer sustained injuries to both arms after being assaulted over the Remembrance Day holiday weekend.

Assistant Police Commissioner Martin Weekes said the suspect was arrested in connection with the offence after having been arrested for a previous assault on another individual.

The arrest was one of 17 made by police over the weekend – two were for common assault, one for breach of the peace, one for wilful damage, one for obstruction and one for driving while disqualified. The remaining ten arrests were made for outstanding warrants.

Mr Weekes said: “The Bermuda Police Service has stepped up efforts in terms of ensuring that individuals with outstanding warrants meet their responsibility so we advise that if you have an outstanding warrant, you take action to have it cleared.”

There were 103 traffic offences over the weekend – including 41 for speeding, 13 for no vehicle licence, 12 for no insurance and five for no driver’s licence.

Traffic offences

• No Driver’s Licence – 5

• No Vehicle Licence – 13

• No Insurance – 12

• Disqualified Driving – 3

• Speeding – 41

• Traffic sign offences – 4

• Unfasten Helmet – 1

• Driving without due care and attention -1

There were also 23 Motorist Advice Notices – official warnings

Mr Weekes reminded the public about Operation Vega – a police crack down on traffic offences.

He said: “Operation Vega has been implemented in a continued effort to curtail such behaviour and there will be ongoing heightened police activity as we seek to improve behaviour on the island’s roads.

“We accept that this will require consistent action on our part as bad driving behaviour is cultural and will take time to change.

“Speeding is one of the main targets of Operation Vega. Forty-one people were ticketed for speeding offences over the weekend. The highest recorded speed was 72km/h – more than twice the 35km/h limit.”

Mr Weekes said there was an increase in the number of people being ticketed for driving unlicensed and uninsured vehicles, and driving without a driver’s licence.

He added: “We wish to remind you that failure to license your car attracts a $750 fixed penalty. For failing to license a motorcycle, the fixed penalty is $250. Operating a vehicle without a driver’s licence carries a fixed penalty of $100.

“The courts will levy a $1,000 fine if you are found to be operating an uninsured vehicle.”