According to data from the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), there were 386 total collisions in the third quarter of 2018 and 340 in the fourth, 384 total collisions in the third quarter of 2019 and 318 in the fourth, 315 total collisions in the third quarter of 2020 and 353 in the fourth and 335 total collisions in the third quarter of last year (2021) and 252 in the fourth.
On July 1, the BPS commenced Operation Vega, aimed at decreasing reckless driving and behavior on Bermuda’s roads. According to Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, the Operation did not impact collision statistics until the fourth quarter of 2021, when, as shown by the above data, collisions were down by almost 100 compared to the same time in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“ It was not expected that Operation Vega would dramatically reduce the number of collisions on its own, since enforcement would not necessarily have such an impact,” Chief Inspector Cardwell said in a statement. “ Public awareness and education are what create this desired effect [of less collisions, injuries and deaths on Bermuda’s roads].”
He believes that the great reduction last quarter could also be attributed to heightened public awareness as a result of an increased usage of social media to get the Operation’s message across.
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