MONDAY, JULY 30: Police joined forces with road safety campaigners today to warn of tight security and rule drinking and driving out of bounds for Cup Match.
Chief Inspector Mark Clarke said that police, including armed officers, police reserves and soldiers from the Bermuda Regiment will all be on duty at the game at Somerset Cricket Club.
The grounds will also be covered by metal detectors at the gates and CCTV inside, while searches of people and bags will be carried out to minimize the risk of trouble.
And Chief Inspector Clarke warned motorists to expect road closures and delays as islanders descend on Somerset for one of the biggest holidays of the year.
He said: “By creating a safe environment, they will be encouraged to enjoy themselves. In addition, we will be using the same amount of police officers we have used in the past.
“We already have an armed capability on duty – they will be in the area and encouraged to patrol the grounds, but they will have other functions.”
He added: “The marine police should be up to full strength for the Cup Match period.”
Chief Inspector Clarke was flanked by Anthony Santucci, chairman of alcohol and drugs charity CADA, and the Bermuda Road Safety Council’s David Minors and Carlton Crockwell.
Mr Santucci said people travelling to the game should “put a plan in place before you leave home to ensure you can return home safely.”
He said signs and banners had already gone up around the island warning of the dangers of drinking and driving.
He also reminded licensees that it is illegal to sell alcohol to under-age customers.
And he said CADA would have a stall at the ground offering water donated by drinks firms Gosling’s and Barritt’s during the two-day cricketfest.
Mr Crockwell reminded drivers to “slow down, buckle up and enjoy the holiday with no tragedy”.