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Operation Vega sees rise in drink-driving year-on-year

A crackdown on poor driving has seen more than 10,000 tickets handed out since its launch in July 2021.

Figures for Operation Vega during the month of May were given by Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, of the tactical operations division.

Mr Cardwell called for extra vigilance with the advent of summer bringing more visitors onto the island’s roads.

He added: “Please look out for them and each other by making sensible decisions while driving or riding.”

So far this year, 117 drivers have been arrested for impaired driving — up significantly from the same period in 2022, when 71 were arrested for drink-driving.

Fourteen were booked in January, 27 in February, 25 in March, 21 in April and 30 in May.

Responding to the drinking and driving statistics, Martin Weekes, the assistant commissioner, police operations, said: “To say that these numbers are concerning would be an understatement.

“Remember, every time you operate a vehicle while impaired, there is the potential to cause significant damage, life-altering injury or death.

“This is a ‘Bermuda’ problem that requires more than enforcement to fix. We as a country must look at the drinking culture that alcohol consumption is a prerequisite for having a good time at social gatherings, be they dinner parties, a session or fête.”

For May, 284 traffic tickets were issued by the Bermuda Police Service, down from 471 in April.

Fifty motorist advice notices or official written warnings were given in May, down from 59 in the previous month.

May also saw 175 parking tickets issued, down from 209 parking tickets issued the month before.

Operation Vega, launched on July 6, 2021, has racked up 10,014 traffic tickets in total.

Police detailed ticketed traffic offences for May 2023, with the change compared with April provided in brackets

Speeding: 78 (-71). Speeds ranged from 59km/h to 86km/h

Traffic sign: 34 (+5)

Unlicensed vehicle: 45 (-35)

No third-party insurance: 40 (-24)

No driver’s licence: 32 (-25)

Manner of driving: 9 (-2)

Disqualified driver: 1 (0)

Seatbelt: 23 (+14)

Helmet: 2 (-6)

Handheld device: 5 (-13)

Defective vehicle: 1 (-2)

Failure to stop: 3 (-4)

Fraudulent documents: 3 (+3)

Licence-plate offence: 8 (-8)

Tint offence: 0 (-14)

Youth-licence offence: 0 (-4)

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Published June 02, 2023 at 7:57 am (Updated June 02, 2023 at 7:57 am)

Operation Vega sees rise in drink-driving year-on-year

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