DWI, Speeding, Unlicensed Vehicle, and No third part insurance Offences Increased

This last period of Operation Vega, October 10th, 2022 to November 7th, 2022 represents another period of heavy traffic enforcement. The numbers reported for each traffic offence have increased over the previous reporting period.

Of major concern is the troubling issue of impaired driving. This continues to be a prolific offence, with 15 offenders arrested in this period. Of note, in the month of October this year, there were nine people charged before the courts, fined and banned from the roads, for driving whilst impaired.

Also of concern is the number of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on the roads, as well as the number of persons driving or riding with invalid or, no driver’s license. Please be aware, failure to license your car, attracts a $750 fixed penalty. For failing to license a motorcycle, the fixed penalty is $250. Operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, carries a fixed penalty of $100. The courts will levy a $1000 fine if you are found to be operating an uninsured vehicle.

Disobeying traffic signs and red lights is also a prolific problem on the roads. And for those using Paget lights during the morning commute, we have heard you.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the tactical support unit, stated: “We have been deploying roads policing to those lights of late and we have reported many for traffic offences including driving without due care and attention, driving without reasonable consideration and disobeying the red light. There is a current trend where motorcyclists travelling east, towards the red light, go into the offside lane, wait for the light to turn green, then, shoot off across the first car stopped at the light and weave between the first car travelling west. We have been heavily policing this bad riding behaviour.”

The public is once again reminded that Operation Vega remains in place. This will continue until we are satisfied that we have brought calm to our roads.

During this period, (1October 10th, 2022 to November 11th, 2022) 702 moving violation tickets (MVTs) were issued, up from 495 in the previous reporting period. In addition, during this reporting period, 68 motorist advice notices, (MANs – warnings), were issued. That’s up from 52 in the previous reporting period. 154 Parking violation tickets were issued, down from 190 in the previous reporting period.

8,585 MVT’s have been reported in the Operation Vega period which launched on July 1st 2021 to November 7th, 2022.

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

Impaired Driving Arrests 15
Speeding 303 (+22) excessive speeds recorded ranged from 58 kph to 93 kph.
Traffic Sign 155 (+116)
Unlicensed Vehicle 86 (+31)
No third part insurance 70 (+14)
No Driver’s license 38 (+6)
Manner of driving 19 (+5)
Disqualified 2 (-3)
Seatbelt 0 (-11)
Helmet 15 (+10)
Handheld device 2 (+2)
Defective vehicle 1 (-1)
Fail to give name/address 0 (0)
Fail to Stop 4 (+2)
Fraudulent Docs 2 (-4)
Defective Vehicles 1 (-1)
Making False Statement 0 (-1)
Fail to exhibit license plate 2 (+2)

In tandem with Operation Vega, we continued to meet our mandate of making Bermuda safer by responding to calls for service. This was a busy period for calls for service, with 1028 recorded, up from 976 in the previous period.

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