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Police issue more than 5,500 tickets under Operation Vega

Police speed detection in operation (Photograph supplied)

More than 5,500 tickets have been issued under Operation Vega, a heightened road policing programme launched almost 12 months ago.

Speeding remains the island’s standout offence in the latest figures, acting Superintendent Robert Cardwell said.

Although he added: “A good weekend for the Bermuda Police Service is a weekend where we have made no arrests for impaired driving.”

Mr Cardwell said that of the 555 moving violation tickets issued by police over the past three weeks, 310 were for speeding — with offenders ranging from 60 km/h to 101 km/h.

There were 44 traffic sign and red-light offences, and 38 drivers ticketed for unlicensed vehicles — with a further 54 drivers found with no insurance and 52 with no driver’s licence.

Mr Cardwell warned that with the National Heroes Day holiday looming, officers would remain vigilant for traffic offences.

He said police would conduct a variety of roadside sobriety checks across the island over the long weekend.

From Friday through Monday, impaired-driving checks will be in force in Pembroke, Devonshire, Paget, Warwick, Southampton, Smith’s and Hamilton Parish.

Fines for speeding start at $300, while disobeying traffic signs will incur a $50 fine.

Drivers of unlicensed cars are subject to a $750 fine, or $250 for an unlicensed motorcycle.

Driving without insurance entails a court appearance, with a fine of $1,000 upon conviction, while driving without a licence comes with a fixed penalty of $100.

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Published June 15, 2022 at 7:40 am (Updated June 15, 2022 at 7:40 am)

Police issue more than 5,500 tickets under Operation Vega

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