Police to make over 200 arrests pursuing warrants for traffic tickets | Loop Cayman Islands

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Recent efforts by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) reflect that they are actively chasing outstanding warrants for traffic offences. As of last week, the RCIPS made 17 arrests, executed 22 warrants, with just under 200 warrants remaining outstanding.

Why the warrants are being pursued

The RCIPS said that many of the warrants were issued because the driver did not attend court on the date stipulated on the tickets or simply did not pay the outstanding court-issued fines. Of the approximately 200 warrants outstanding, about 65 are default warrants due to non-payment of fines. Broken down into districts, approximately 70 are attached to George Town, over 60 are attached to the Eastern Districts, over 55 in West Bay, and approximately 5 in the Sister Islands.

The warrant execution process

According to the RCIPS, warrants are issued by the court and then executed by the police. Once a person with a warrant is arrested, depending on the type of warrant, they either have to pay a fine up front in order to be released (for a default warrant), are bailed for the next court date (for failing to appear with bail), or are kept in custody until the next court date (for failing to appear with no bail).

Warning from police

In connection with the outstanding warrants and arrests, Acting Superintendent Brad Ebanks is encouraging people who have an outstanding warrant to “address it as a matter of urgency.”

If you have received a traffic ticket from an officer, ensure that you pay the ticket prior to the date (deadline) provided or attend court on the date stipulated to avoid a warrant being issued for your arrest. To avoid the inconvenience of being arrested and reputational embarrassment one should attend to any outstanding court matters.

Ebanks said.

Members of the public who believe they may have a warrant out for their arrest are encouraged to call any police station and enquire about the best way to have your warrants actioned. Alternatively, you may attend the court and discuss the issue with a court officer.

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