The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) announced details of a new roads policing initiative to crack down on traffic offences on Bermuda’s roads.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday (July 6), Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley said: “The current framework of enforcement in Bermuda is not strong enough.”

As a result, he said a meeting will be held next week with the Minister of Transport, Lawrence Scott to discuss options moving forward, including the issue of inadequate fines for traffic offenders.

“You can go through a red traffic light and get a $50 fine yet we see people going to court for COVID regulation offences where they receive fines in the thousands. That’s not to knock anything around COVID regulations because they are important for the country, but when somebody jumps a red light they put lives at risk,” said Mr Corbishley.

“Today we launch Operation Vega. This is an all-service response to address some of the issues that are going on each and every day on our roads.”

He was joined by the former head of the Roads Policing Unit, Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, who said there had been 94 more serious injury collisions on our roads between January and June, when compared to the same period last year.

On that note, he said Operation Vega would take “a target approach to the most prevalent offences committed on the roads”.

“Today, I have circulated among my colleagues that the offences we are going to target are helmet offences – not fastening your helmet, driving without real consideration, such as not using your indicators, mobile phone use while driving, driving without due care and attention, and stop sign and red light offences,” said Mr Cardwell.

“I look forward to observing a robust, visibly effective police presence on the roads and working towards bringing some calm to the current roads networks.”

The BPS also launched an online reporting portal where members of the public can upload videos and pictures of any road traffic offences they may witness.

The site is available at: https://portal.police.bm/operation-vega