(CMR) Motorists are being warned that the new amendments to the Traffic Act, which has reduced the legal blood alcohol level, took effect on Wednesday, 19 October.
The recent passing of the Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2022 has reduced the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for drivers from 100 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (0.1%) to 70 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (0.07%).
The public is reminded that it is recommended that persons consuming alcohol refrain from operating a vehicle while under the influence, regardless of the amount consumed. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has actively begun to enforce the new restrictions.
The new restrictions have moved The Cayman Islands from being one of the most lenient drink driving countries. Cayman now stands slightly behind the average restrictions for the world's strictest jurisdictions against driving under the influence of alcohol.
“The amendment reflects our intolerance of drunk drivers on our public roadways who choose to endanger themselves and the lives of others. The RCIPS will be actively enforcing the changes to the legal BAC limit, especially as we approach the festive season,” Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said earlier this month.