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RCIPS continues traffic safety focus with pledge to add officers

The RCIPS said its 2016 re-organisation of the traffic management unit is responsible in part for cutting Cayman’s road fatality numbers in half.

2015 ended with a total of 12 traffic fatalities, which prompted police to focus on delivering strategic traffic enforcement in targeted areas.

  • Failure to wear seatbelts – 114% increase
  • DUI – 12% increase
  • Speeding – 42% increase
  • Mobile phone use – 10% increase
  • Driving without a license – 49% increase

Commissioner Derek Byrne said he hopes for another decrease in 2017.

“Environmental trends and factors can be a big driver for want of a better word for these, but it is a good result to see that there are six less families affected this year with fatal accidents, and we continue our enforcement and hopefully that’s the kind of return we can get in the forthcoming year,” said Mr. Byrne.

The RCIPS plans to expand its traffic management unit again this year, adding more front line officers as well as working with the DVDL and the NRA to improve safety on our roads.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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