Police launch Operation Vega to crack down on traffic offenses – The Royal Gazette
Updated: 06 Jul 2021 17:27
Police Commissioner Stephen Josse (file photo)
Police have launched a “full service” operation to crack down on the most common driving offenses on Bermuda’s roads.
Police Commissioner Stephen Josse also announced at a press conference this afternoon that he is due to meet with Lawrence Scott, the Minister of Transport, next week to discuss many issues, including inadequate fines for traffic violations. .
Mr Josse said he would also discuss with the minister whether police should “announce” the location of roadside sobriety checkpoints, essentially informing alcohol drivers.
“The current enforcement framework in Bermuda is not strong enough,” Josse said.
“You can go through a red light and get a $ 50 fine, but we see people going to court for Covid regulatory violations where they are fined in the thousands. It’s not about getting around Covid regulations as they are important to the country, but when someone jumps a red light they are putting lives at risk.
“Today we are launching Operation Vega. It is an answer to all services to solve some of the problems that occur every day on our roads. “
Mr Josse was accompanied to the press conference by Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, former head of the Bermuda Police Department’s Roads Unit.
Mr Cardwell said there had been a significant increase in serious injury crashes this year compared to last year, even taking into account the movement restrictions of Covid-19 in 2020. He said he there were 94 more serious injury crashes between January and June of this year than during the same period last year.
Mr Cardwell explained that Operation Vega would take “a targeted approach to the most common offenses committed on the roads”.
He added: “Today I have circulated among my colleagues that the offenses that we are going to target are helmet offenses – not putting on your helmet, driving without real consideration, like not using your indicators, using a cell phone while driving, driving for no reason. care and attention, and violations of stop signs and red lights.
“I look forward to seeing a strong and visibly effective police presence on the roads and working to bring some calm to current road networks.”
The BPS has also launched an online reporting portal where members of the public can instantly upload videos and photos of any traffic violations they may witness.
The site is available on: https://portal.police.bm/operation-vega