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Road Traffic Advisory: Khyber Pass, St. George

Thu, 2021-10-14

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), wishes to remind the public that Khyber Pass, St. George, is a one-way street, headed north.

In recent times, motorists have been traveling south along that roadway, in apparent attempts to avoid the traffic lights installed on Mullet Bay Road and Duke of York Street, to control traffic flow during ongoing roadworks or, to access the paths on the nearby golf course.

Vehicles are not allowed to turn right from Suffering Lane onto Khyber Pass at the roundabout at that intersection.

There are clearly posted signs indicating Khyber Pass is in fact one way, as well as the direction in which traffic must flow along that route.

The BPS is urging motorists to obey those signs as they travel the area in order to prevent any road traffic collisions, with a number of near misses having already been reported.

Car Reported Over Cliff at Ducking Stool Park: Inquiries Continue

Thu, 2021-10-07

Around 6:50 a.m. today, Thursday 7th October 2021, police received a report that a car had gone over a cliff at Ducking Stool Park, near the roundabout at the junction of Black Watch Pass and North Shore Road, Pembroke.

Upon arrival at the scene of the reported incident, officers found a vehicle lodged on the rocks above the water just west of the parking area at Ducking Stool Park, with the engine running but no one inside.

Searches carried out both on the water and on land did not turn up anyone injured at the scene and there have been no reports of anyone visiting King Edward VII Memorial Hospital seeking treatment as a result of this incident.

The Bermuda Police Service is asking anyone with information on this matter or, who may have been in the area of Black Watch Pass between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. today, to please call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

Twelfth Road Fatality for 2021: Allen Trott

Wed, 2021-10-06

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 46-year-old Allen Trott, Bermuda’s 12th road fatality for 2021, and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Trott was seriously hurt in a two-motorcycle collision, which occurred on South Road in Warwick, near the junction with Dunscombe Road, around 7:50pm Sunday, 19th September 2021.

Both injured riders were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for further medical care following the collision. The other rider involved, said to be a 21 year old Pembroke man, was treated at the hospital for a broken arm.

Sadly, Mr. Trott ultimately succumbed to his injuries in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on Thursday, 30th September.

The investigation continues regarding this latest fatal collision and witnesses that have not already come forward – or members of the public with any relevant information – are now urged to call the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788, or 211, as soon as possible.

Operation Vega Update & 2021 Road Traffic Fatalities Clarification

Wed, 2021-10-06

Operation Vega Update

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, Tactical Support Division – “Operation Vega continues to be a success. In the period of Operation Vega – 13 weeks – 2,082 moving violation tickets have been issued for offences ranging from driving without due care and attention, unfastened helmet, unlicensed/uninsured vehicles, disobeying traffic signs and speeding. 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.”

2021 Road Traffic Fatalities Clarification

Editor’s note: The below clarification is from a police spokesperson, regarding the number of road fatalities recorded so far this year.

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can confirm that the number of road fatalities for the year so far is 12, as outlined in this corrected list.

Three Murder Suspects Charged in Court Thanks to Public Assistance

Wed, 2021-10-06

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) has in the last week, successfully had three individuals charged before the courts in connection with two recent murders.

Two men were charged with the murder of Duane Gibbons, who died after being found with a stab wound lying in the roadway near Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton Parish in the early hours of Thursday 16th September, 2021 – and one man was charged with the murder of Joshua Rowse, who died having sustained multiple stab wounds in an attack which occurred on Sunday 14th June, 2020, outside the Rubis Service Station on South Road, Warwick.

Antoine Daniels, Assistant Commissioner – Crime, said, “That suspects have been charged before the courts in relation to these two brutal crimes, is testament to the commitment to duty and provision of justice of our officers.

The detectives investigating these matters and their colleagues who provided support, have been diligent in their efforts to find those believed responsible for these acts of criminality which have left two families mourning the loss of loved ones and a community understandably concerned about the level of violence involved in these two incidents.

The BPS often calls on the assistance of the public in our ongoing efforts to solve crime. Your assistance through providing information enabled the investigations into these two incidents to progress and achieve success.

While we now await the outcome of the judicial process in relation to these matters, the BPS takes this opportunity to say, thank you members of the public. However, these investigations are still live and we ask that you continue to come forward with any information at all you might have in relation to these two murders.

Again, we urge you to continue to partner with your Bermuda Police Service so that together we can successfully do the work needed to make our island home safer.”

Female Motorcyclist Injured in Laffan Street Crash

Tue, 2021-10-05

Around 2:55 pm today, Tuesday 5th October, 2021, police and other first responders attended a single vehicle road traffic collision on Laffan Street, Pembroke.

Reports are a 43 year old female motorcyclist was headed east along Laffan Street, when she apparently struck a newly installed speed bump and lost control of the bike.

She was thrown from the cycle and struck her head on the roadway.

She was reportedly in and out of consciousness and was subsequently transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where at last check she was being attended to for a serious head injury.

Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call 211 or, the main police number 295-0011.

Motorcyclist in ICU After Frog Lane Crash, Investigation Ongoing

Tue, 2021-10-05

Around 10:25pm Thursday, 30th September 2021 police, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service as well as ambulance personnel were dispatched to a reported serious single vehicle motorcycle crash on Frog Lane in Devonshire, near the junction with Palmetto Road. 

The rider involved, said to be a 28 year old Smith’s parish man, was understood to be traveling north along Frog Lane when he crashed into the corner of the triangular traffic island just prior to the junction and then struck the sidewalk on Palmetto Road.

The 28-year-old man was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of serious injuries, including head trauma. It was later confirmed that he had been admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in critical condition.

As part of this crash investigation, the scene was processed by a police Traffic Collision Investigator, as well as a detective from the Forensic Support Unit.

The most recent medical update available indicated that the injured rider’s condition in the ICU had stabilised.

Witnesses or members of the public with any information regarding this crash are encouraged to contact Constable Shem Obeius on 211, or e-mail sobeius@bps.bm, as soon as possible.

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