(CMR) Officers from the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit spent nine days assisting Cayman Brac Police Officers and the Cayman Brac community with road safety and overall community safety. Between Sunday, 9 May, and Tuesday, 18 May, the officers carried out various traffic-related operations and connected with members of the community with the aim of making the roadways in Cayman Brac safer for all road users.
Inspector Ian Yearwood, Area Commander for the Sister Islands, stated, “We were very pleased to have facilitated the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit officers who visited Cayman Brac with the overarching view of assisting with road policing, but even more importantly to educate our Cayman Brac community on road safety and good driving behaviors through enforcement as well as conversations.”
“Road safety has been a concern for the Cayman Brac community for some time and it’s with partnerships like these that we hope to reduce and ultimately resolve crime and antisocial behaviors that affect the Sister Islands quality of life.”
Throughout the week, just fewer than 40 tickets were issued, most of which were issued for speeding and due to unregistered vehicles. Tickets were also issued in relation to illegal tint and various other traffic offenses. Of note, the officers were informed that there was a significant increase in the number of persons who renewed their vehicle registrations during the week that the officers were present.
Additionally, the officers were present during the long weekend that hosted several events and provided support to the on-duty Cayman Brac officers who were present and policing these events.
Unfortunately, they had to respond to a fatal collision on Friday, 14 May; however, they were able to carry out on-scene investigations and reconstruction within a few hours, allowing the roadways to reopen within the same day.
“On behalf of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, I would like to thank the members of the Cayman Brac Community for welcoming the officers who visited, as well as for their support and cooperation during the officers’ stay,” said Inspector Dwayne Jones, head of Traffic & Roads Policing Unit.
“We hope that this visit made a positive impact on the community and look forward to other such operations in the future. It saddens me that during their stay, a member of the community lost his life due to a road fatality, but I am comforted that they were there to offer assistance and lend guidance where needed to the Cayman Brac Police Station.”
The RCIPS offered condolences to the family of the deceased.