219 Tickets Issued Since Operation Vega Launch

July 12, 2021 | 6 Comments

The Bermuda Police Service has issued 219 traffic tickets since the launch of “Operation Vega”, they confirmed today.

The BPS said, “Operation Vega highlighting the extent of undesirable behaviour, a major cause for concern, on the island’s roads. In one instance, a driver was clocked at 109 KMH.”

Reminding that “having a driver’s license is a privilege and not a right,” Martin Weekes, Assistant Commissioner of Police provided an update on the progress of Operation Vega thus far, saying, “With the advent of Operation Vega the new Roads Policing Initiative launched one week ago, 219 traffic tickets have been issued and nine stolen bikes recovered.

“Of those 219 tickets issued, the biggest numbers [41] were for speeding offences, and for disobeying traffic signs [23]. Tickets were also issued for other targeted offences to do with safety, including:

  • Driving without due care and attention.
  • Helmets not fastened.
  • Use of cell-phones whilst driving.
  • Driving unlicensed vehicles.
  • Driving uninsured vehicles.
  • Driving whilst disqualified.

“Additionally, 5 people were arrested for driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Custom Number plates.

“The public is advised that as part of Operation Vega, officers will be targeting vehicles with illegal number plates. Owners of vehicles with illegal license plates, run the risk of having their vehicles impounded until correct plates are put on. Failure to do so may result in the vehicle license being withdrawn requiring a re-test.

“As a reminder, motor vehicle license plates must have a white reflective background with black markings, with the exception of loaner vehicles license plates which have a yellow background with black markings and rental vehicle license plates, which have a white reflective background with red markings.

“The aim of Operation Vega is not to be punitive, but rather to encourage drivers to adhere to the regulations governing the use of our roads as we all work together to reduce the incidence of overall road traffic collisions, but specifically collisions resulting in serious or critical injury and most importantly, road traffic fatalities.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Of those 219 tickets issued, the biggest numbers [41] were for speeding offences, and for disobeying traffic signs [23].“

    Ok, what is the speed limit these days, but I keep getting overtaken like I am standing still. As for “traffic signs”, they are treated as suggestions at best.

  2. Speedster says:

    @Bernews a good question to ask at the next news conference: what is the slowest speed for which a ticket under operation Vega was issued? Anything above 35 km/h and we can carry on driving knowing the rules are flexible. I bet it is in the 60’s!!

  3. Toodle-oo says:

    Is it any wonder so many people believe that the police don’t even know what the local laws are ?
    The regulation on license plates is , and always has been , more than just ‘a white background with black numbers’.
    The style and size of the font is regulation also .
    The people with these plates know they’re illegal as their cars won’t pass TCD with them on .

  4. StantheMaintenanceMan says:

    Wow people are really doing the work for the police. Interesting. Do they get payed partly for their contributions. Does this mean we can make the police budget smaller. Does this mean they get less pay being someone else is doing a portion of their work. Many questions here. How do you tell how fast someone was going by video footage and not a radar gun? Does this mean that people are gonna be using their cellphones while driving(breaking the law) to catch someone else breaking the law driving recklessly. Sounds like a dominos effect that could cause more harm than good if u ask me. What if someone else is riding your bike. Do you still get issued the ticket and go to court. ?????????????

    • Smh says:

      1. It’s not the police work, they do the same work. Just the community are making a bigger contribution to keep everyone safe.
      2.Everyone doesn’t need money to do the right thing or get involved for everyone’s sake.
      3.Budget smaller? See 1. Additionally they’ve been doing more with less for the last few years at some point thats not going to be possible.
      4.Less pay. See 1.
      5.There is actually a formula for that, so not impossible.
      6. Using phones to capture. There is a provision in law to address that as well.
      7.Someone riding your bike. Law requires you to provide who was riding at the time of the offense or owner get a ticket for failing to do that.

      Hope this helps.

      • StantheMaintenanceMan says:

        So the law makes provisions for you if you’re breaking the law using your phone to video tape someone else breaking the law. Seems like a slippery slope. Also sounds very contradictory and stupid.

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