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250 Drivers Cited In Traffic Crackdown - In The Wake Of Horrific Crash

The wreckage of a car following a traffic fatality in Grand Bahama.

The wreckage of a car following a traffic fatality in Grand Bahama.

POLICE continue to crack down on traffic offences, citing more than 250 drivers in New Providence on Tuesday alone – in the wake of a horrific traffic fatality in Grand Bahama.

In the southeastern division, 138 drivers were cited for a variety of violations during an operation conducted under the leadership of Superintendent Ashton Greenslade.

Meanwhile, in the northern division, “Operation Crackdown”, conducted under the leadership of Superintendent Theophilus Cunningham, resulted in 116 drivers cited for traffic violations and a 31 year old man detained for questioning in connection with a murder.

Officials continue to be concerned about the high number of traffic accidents and fatalities around the Bahamas.

After the country recorded two traffic fatalities on the first day of 2014, Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin renewed the call for a national commitment to drastically reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries due to car accidents in the Bahamas.

The first traffic fatality in Grand Bahama took place over the weekend, when 25-year-old Wilner Michel’s silver-coloured 2002 Honda Civic that crashed into a tree on East Sunrise Highway.

The vehicle was severely damaged and Michel died at the scene.

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JohnDoes 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe the investment on the amount of visible and better placement of speed limit signs need to be placed up on these roads that seem to encourage speed. We cannot forget that we need to assign more 'mobile' officers to focus on speed everyday in strategic areas to help enforce this awareness. Simply putting out warnings after tragic accidents is not enough. To fix the big things, you have to fix the small ones.

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proudloudandfnm 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh good, more reactionary policing.. The Royal Bahamas Police Force has completely and utterly FAILED the Bahamas in terms of traffic control....

Every time someone dies in a traffic accident the blame can be squarely laid at our police force's feet....

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skykscraper 6 months, 3 weeks ago

How is the police to blame for lawless citizens? you can put up signs on every inch of road and they can care less! Especially the dozens who buy their licenses every year without learning to drive!

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MarkTa 6 months, 3 weeks ago

They will get strict for a month then back to the same ole same ole.

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henny 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't blame the police. Signs will not deter anyone that wants to speed. Drivers need to use common sense when driving and obey the speed limit. A lot of the accidents are because people drive at an excessive rate of speed and don't pay any attention to what is going on. They are in such a hurry, mostly just because. Most roads are narrow and 2 lanes. Trying to overtake on a 2 way without regard as to what is ahead coming from the opposite direction is often ignored. Police need to keep having traffic stops and citing those with traffic offences.

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JohnDoes 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Signs will deter along with association of traffic tickets etc. Simply the use of 'selective enforcement' here is outrageous. They even have a group of officers called the 'selective enforcement team'. Ticket everybody for speeding, without the care of who they are.

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242Wow 6 months, 3 weeks ago

100% in agreement with you on this!

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pat242 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I have some home work for some Bahamians. What is the speed limit in the city, School Zones, Highways and residential areas. If you choose not to read and expand you knowledge reference to the traffic laws who fault is that. The police do an excellent job reference to traffic matters, but they can only do so much. But if drivers choose to drive reckless and crash, hurting themselves, pedestrians or property who fault is that. Some Bahamians need to stop finding with everything else and realize when they are wrong. If you do not what to be a victim of the law abide by it.

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pat242 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Name one other demotic country where civilize law enforcement is practice that does not have traffic woes. The police cannot cannot be every where and people who are not law abiding citizens take advantage of that knowledge and break traffic laws. That is not the police fault. If it were preventable the police would with out doubt prevent it. So reference you come with a solution to traffic i suggest you keep quite on the matter.

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pat242 6 months, 3 weeks ago

You are clueless. Regardless what implements are set in place reference to traffic matters, people who have little respect tor the law will break them. That happens in every country. And fuck you, when your involve in a accident i will cross my legs, drink some coffee and read about you in the Tribune, and when am done i will use the paper with your face posted as a victim to clean the glass of my vehicle. If i witness the event i will take photos and post it on social media show people to obey the traffic laws or this will be your future.

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GrassRoot 6 months, 3 weeks ago

well simple, increase the insurance rates and make the insurance companies responsible for insuring only properly working cars. close dept of motor vehicles, send the employees working for Sands Hotels and use the area as a paintball arena. more revenue for the government, less expenses, more safety, less drivers and cars. happy life, better in the Bahamas.

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