Traffic Enforcement Focus ‘Operation Vega’ Passes One Year Mark

Introduced Tuesday 6th July 2021, Operation Vega continues to focus on the extent of undesirable riding and driving behaviours on Bermuda’s roads.

In just over one year, 6,030 tickets for various traffic offences have been issued.

More recently in a four week period from 21st June until 11th July 2022, 444 tickets have been issued, for a variety of traffic infractions. In addition, 50 warnings were issued.

The breakdown of traffic offences reported during this four week period is as follows:

Speeding                                186 (highest ticketed speed was 89 kph)

Disobeying a traffic sign        98

Unlicensed vehicle                 42

No third party insurance       36

No driver’s licence                  40

Manner of driving                   15

Disqualified driving                   4

Seatbelt                                     11

Unfastened helmet                   9

Handheld device                        0

Defective vehicle                        2

Failure to give name/address  1

The fourth quarter of 2021 showed a reduction in reported collisions compared with the fourth quarter of 2020, while the first quarter of 2022 saw a reduction in reported collisions compared to the first quarter of 2021. However, the second quarter of 2022 saw reported collisions edge up slightly from the second quarter of 2021.

Q4       2019   2020   2021  

              318     353     278

Q1       2019   2020   2021   2022

              324     257     306     265

Q2       2019   2020   2021   2022

              385     197     316     329

Acting Superintendent Robert Cardwell (Tactical Support Division) explained, “We feel that Operation Vega is having an impact on collisions, as we have seen collision rates a lot higher than they have been of recent.

Stopping those who are out there committing blatant traffic offences and ensuring they are being held accountable is the way forward and the Bermuda Police Service is committed to making this happen.

Many collisions are attributable to human error and bad judgement. We can continue to see decreases in collisions by continuing to encourage everyone to take their manner of driving or riding seriously and apply all measures of safety available to you.”

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