Total Of 16 Collisions Over Holiday Weekend

June 22, 2021 | 4 Comments

A total of 16 collisions occurred during the National Heroes’ Day holiday weekend “ranging in severity from relatively minor to potentially life threatening,” the police said.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, Officer in Charge, Tactical Support Division, said, “Despite an ongoing focus on traffic offences by the Bermuda Police Service [BPS] which saw more than 70 tickets issued over the National Heroes’ Day holiday weekend, a total of 16 collisions occurred during the same timeframe, ranging in severity from relatively minor to potentially life threatening. All 16 are under active investigation. It would appear that inattention and driving without due care were factors in most of these incidents.

“To emphasise the continued efforts of the BPS, from Friday, 18th June through Monday, 21st June at least 77 tickets were issued for traffic offences, along with 24 motorist advice notices [official warnings]. Of note, the Roads Policing Unit [RPU] handed out 57 speeding tickets during the period – as well as tickets for no driver’s licence, driving while disqualified and driving without due care. Road sobriety checkpoints were also in effect. However, only one person was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving as a result.

“In addition, police officers responding to regular calls for service during this past holiday weekend issued another 20 traffic tickets for offences including speeding; disobeying a traffic sign; no driver’s licence; driving while disqualified; illegally towing a vehicle; permitting an unlicensed vehicle to be driven and driving without due care.

“The most serious of the incidents involved:

  • “A reported assault and single vehicle car crash in the Eastdale Lane, Southampton area. A 33-year-old Southampton man was reportedly assaulted by another man and attempted to escape in a car driven by a 31-year-old St. George’s woman during the early hours of Monday, 21st June. However, the vehicle apparently overturned, trapping the 33-year-old man underneath. He remains hospitalised in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit. The female driver sustained injuries that were less serious in the assault/crash. Witnesses are urged to call 247-1744.
  • “A reported single vehicle motorcycle crash on Middle Road in Southampton around 3:15am Monday, 21st June. The rider, a 21-year-old Sandys parish man, apparently sustained internal and head injuries after colliding with the kerb, a wall and fencing near Avocado Lane. He remains hospitalised in the Intensive Care Unit. Witnesses are urged to call Constable Ryan Swan on 247-1704 or e-mail rswan@bps.bm.
  • “A 17-year-old male from Sandys parish hurt in a collision with two cars on Somerset Road in Sandys parish near Fort Scaur around 8:30pm Monday, 21st June. He received hospital treatment, but his injuries were less serious than first thought. He was later arrested on suspicion of impaired driving and released on police bail. Witnesses are asked to call Constable William Simpson on 247-1704 or e-mail wsimpson@bps.bm.

“I highlight these three crashes to underscore why the BPS continues to use appropriate traffic enforcement measures and appeal for the cooperation of all motorists. We must do everything we can to minimise the risk to ourselves and others of injury or death on Bermuda’s roads.”

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  1. sage says:

    Stellar job BPS, imagine on the re-institution of RSC’s you guys came out ready to make up for lost time and went above and beyond, managing to rid the roads of a grand total of one drunk driver. Amazing job, we can all feel safe now knowing Bermuda’s solitary drunk won’t run us over, for one night at least. Please Premier, up the police budget back to $60 million they are so worth it, true value for money right there.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    While I support the increased police presence, I wish it was more, are sobriety checkpoints legal? In the past they had to be publicly announced in advance.

  3. Jon Jon says:

    Driving in Bermuda is the worst it has ever been. There is a sense of entitlement among a certain demographic. There is no curtesy, no patience and no forward thinking among these youths. Where is the discipline? That coupled with the roads literally being in the worst condition in memory along with the companies who bring in the bikes seem to bring in faster and more powerful bikes. Not saying they are responsible for people riding like idiots but surly they have a part to play in this

  4. Duh says:

    Ok this is childish! All you gotta do is stand on a street corner and watch these hooligans speed by and running lights etc. real police work this is not!

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