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Holiday Drunk Drivers Can Expect To Be Carted Away To Jail By The VIPD Under Operation C.A.R.E.

FREDERIKSTED – Local police will be patrolling St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix roadways on Christmas weekend and cracking down on aggressive and drunken driving as part of a nation-wide initiative to reduce traffic injuries and deaths.

Operation C.A.R.E. – or Combined Accident Reduction Effort – Lifesaver Weekend runs through Monday night — Boxing Day in the British Isles and territories.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) says that traffic police also will be looking for drugged motorists and drivers not wearing seat belts.

Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between state police in  Michigan and Indiana.

But it grew to include the Virgin Islands, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Quebec Police Force.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Linda Camacho
    December 22, 2016 at 5:41 PM — Reply

    Good. It may save a life.

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