UPDATED: 31 collisions over holidays as police report increase in hit-and-runs

Cayman registered 31 crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend and, while there were no major collisions or life-threatening injuries, police have said they did see an increase in hit-and-run incidents. Around a third of the collisions, police have confirmed, were hit-and-run incidents. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, in a statement on Wednesday, said the 31 collisions were reported to 911 between 24 Dec. and 28 Dec., 2021.

Following Cayman Compass queries, police, on Thursday, shared that 10 out of the 31 crashes were hit-and-run collisions. We are awaiting confirmation on whether arrests have been made in these incidents.

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Superintendent Brad Ebanks, who heads up Operation Quaker, the road policing component of the RCIPS Holiday Safety campaign, welcomed the fact that there were no major collisions or life-threatening injuries over the holidays.

Superintendent Brad Ebanks

“Our road policing units were pleased to witness relatively quiet roads over this Christmas weekend when compared to previous years. We want to thank the public for practicing safe driving behaviors and helping us to keep serious road incidents to a minimum,” Ebanks said.

Operation Quaker, the RCIPS said, focused on increased police presence on the roads over the long Christmas weekend, which included additional support from special constables, officers from other units within the police, and 17 new police recruits who supported traffic duties alongside senior officers. Over the holiday period, 106 tickets were issued, including, 13 for speeding, 53 for expired registration, 22 for tint, one for mobile phone usage. There were four DUI arrests.

In addition, police said, arrests were made in relation to two warrants. Ebanks reminded that another holiday long weekend is on the horizon, as he urged motorists continue to exercise caution on Cayman’s roads. “As we approach New Year’s weekend, we expect the roads to be busy and motorists can expect to see us out in numbers across the island keeping the roads safe for all users.

Be patient on the roads, slow down and don’t drink and drive – it’s not worth it,” he said in the statement. Ebanks pointed out there are options available to residents to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users. “Remember, there are options to get home; call a cab, take advantage of the #ArriveAlive345 Purple Ribbon buses, designate a sober driver or arrange for a family member to collect you.

As a community, let’s continue to work together to keep everyone safe on the roads this New Year’s weekend,” he added. How do you feel after reading this?

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