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Operation Vega continues to crack down on driving offences

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The number of traffic tickets issued by police since a crackdown on driving offences was initiated two years ago has broken 10,000.

Ticketed traffic offences from July 1 to August 7

(changes from June in parentheses)

• Speeding 400 (+212); speeds ranged from 55 km/h to 95 km/h.

• Traffic sign 62 (+30)

• Unlicensed vehicle 66 (+33)

• No third-party insurance 53 (+26)

• No driver’s licence 38 (+16)

• Manner of driving 5 (+3)

• Disqualified driver 5 (-2)

• Seatbelt 4 (-2)

• Helmet 6 (+3)

• Handheld device 28 (+24)

• Defective vehicle 0 (-3)

• Fail to give name/address 0 (0)

• Fail to stop 6 (+5)

• Fraudulent documents 2 (+1)

• Making false statement 0 (0)

• Licence-plate offence 5 (+4)

• Tint offence 1 (+1)

• Youth licence offence 2 (+2)

Included in the total were 400 tickets for speeding over a period of about five weeks this summer.

The Bermuda Police Service released the latest Operation Vega figures, which covered July and up to August 7.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, of the tactical operations division, said yesterday: “Operation Vega has been in effect for over two years now and reducing harm on the island’s roads is our ongoing focus.

“However, all road users have a crucial role to play in achieving that aim.

“In addition to appropriate traffic enforcement, the BPS continues to partner with relevant stakeholders on road safety education and modernising penalties for traffic offences.”

From January 1 to August 7 this year, 162 motorists were arrested for impaired driving.

This included 14 in January; 27 in February; 25 in March; 21 in April; 30 in May; 23 in June; 19 in July; and three from August 1 to 7.

A BPS spokesman added: “In comparison, for the same period in 2022, a total of 145 motorists were arrested for impaired driving.”

From July 1 to August 7, he said, 683 traffic tickets were issued by police, up from 330 during June.

The spokesman added that 91 motorist advice notices — official written warnings —were handed out in July and the first week in August, compared with 48 in June.

He said: “Parking tickets issued from July 1 to August 7, 2023 totalled 369, up from 275 parking tickets issued in June.

“Since the start of Operation Vega — July 6, 2021 — a total of 10,635 traffic tickets have been issued.”

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Published August 11, 2023 at 7:54 am (Updated August 11, 2023 at 7:54 am)

Operation Vega continues to crack down on driving offences

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