(CMR) Calls for tougher penalties for people who drive under the influence of alcohol could be addressed soon as the Government gazetted the Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2022 on Tuesday, 16 August.
The proposed Bill will see blood alcohol limit for drivers decreased from 0.1% to 0.07%. The current limit of 0.1% is said to be one of the most lenient in the world. The new proposed limit will put Cayman ahead of the UK, the US , Canada and Jamaica where the legal limit is 0.08%.
“The PACT Government said that we were committed to tackling the alarmingly high levels of road safety issues throughout our islands. as a society we have become too tolerant of drink driving and too many lives have been lost,” Premier Wayne Panton said.
Mr. Panton further stated that the proposed limit will bring Cayman more inline with the modern world. He said more laws will be implemented to encourage more personal responsibility.
In June, Governor Martyn Roper said he would support more stringent laws against people who drive under the influence of alcohol.
Acknowledging that Cayman has a serious issue with drunk driving, Mr. Roper said he was looking forward to the Government passing a bill that will strengthen the laws.