Operation Vega pushed out 2,082 moving violation tickets in 13 weeks for traffic offences “ranging from driving without due care and attention, unfastened helmet, unlicensed/uninsured vehicles, disobeying traffic signs and speeding”.

In a statement released on Wednesday (Oct 6), Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, Tactical Support Division, said: “In the last week, speeding offences reported ranged between 55kph and 91kph. The number of tickets issued is up dramatically when compared to the same period in previous years.

“The intents of Operation Vega are to calm the roads and reduce collisions. Operation Vega is not solely about issuing tickets. It is equally about effective visibility of our patrols. Being in the right place at the right time so that our visibility brings calm, slows things down and impacts driving behaviour.

“In the third quarter of this year – the most recent period of Operation Vega – we have seen collision numbers reduced in all categories but fatalities. Road traffic fatalities currently stand at 12, a sharp increase compared to previous years.

“Serious injury collisions for the first three quarters of 2021 are 71, down from 87 in the same three quarters in 2020. Slight injury collisions are down to 397, compared to 456 in the first three quarters of 2020. Damage only collisions are at 403, down from 567 in the first three quarters of 2020.

“Our collective message to the public continues to be “slow down”, drive/ride carefully and cautiously and obey traffic signals and signs. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”