7,869 traffic offence tickets issued since Operation Vega exercise commence

During the period Monday, November 7th 2022, to Monday, December 5th, 2022, 428 tickets were issued for traffic offences. That’s down from 702 in the previous reporting period. In addition, this reporting period saw 48 Motorist Advice Notices, (MANs), which are official written warnings given to motorists by police officers, issued. A reduction from 68 in the previous reporting period.

Of note, 7,869 traffic offence tickets have been issued since the commencement of Operation Vega, on July 6th, 2021.

Addressing these results, Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the BPS Tactical Support Division, indicated: “The numbers continue to demonstrate the commitment of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), to this initiative, geared toward making our roads safer.

We are indeed seeing good results with fewer traffic infractions being reported.

However, Impaired driving continues to be an area of major concern with 12 arrests for this offence in the last month. For the year so far, there have been 180 arrests for driving whilst impaired. For the same period in 2021, that figure stood at 121.”

Mr. Cardwell also expressed concern about dangerous driving practises. “Driving without due care and attention and dangerous driving prolific particularly during the early morning commute. Such actions create a bad driving/riding experience for other road users. We urge you to leave home a little earlier to avoid taking unnecessary risks which could lead to serious injury, or worse.”

The BPS wishes to remind the public of the guidelines regarding illegal license plates, as well as illegal tint.

Make sure your vehicle is properly licensed and insured. Also please ensure that your driver’s license is current.

The break-down of traffic offences reported is as follows:

Speeding 204 (-99) – Speeds range from 59 kph to 81 kph.
Impaired Driving Arrests 12
Traffic Sign 29 (-126)
Unlicensed Vehicle 57 (-29)
No third party insurance 50 (-20)
No Driver’s license 36 (-2)
Manner of driving 8 (-10)
Disqualified driver 3 (+1)
Seatbelt 2 (+2)
Helmet 2 (-13)
Handheld device 3 (+1)
Fail to give name/address 0 (0)
Fail to Stop 2 (-2)
Fraud Documents 1 (-3)
Defective Vehicle 5 (+4)
Making False Statement 0 (-0)
License Plate offence 14 (+12)
Tint Offence 7
Youth License Offence 2

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