The drinking and driving rules in Cayman are strict and strongly enforced.
The legal blood-alcohol limit for the Cayman Islands is 0.07% (70mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood). If you are caught either driving or sitting in the drivers seat of a car, and you are over the legal limit, you will be fined CI$1,000 or imprisoned for six months and you will lose your driving licence for a year. We recommend that you use a taxi or a designated driver if you are going to be drinking.
Although the drinking and driving rules in Cayman are strict, it continues to be the leading cause of fatalities and serious collisions on Cayman’s roads. The current legal blood-alcohol limit was brought into force on 20th October 2022. Prior to this, the legal limit had been 0.1% (100mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood). This law change brings the blood-alcohol limit much closer to the worldwide average of 0.06%. For reference, the limit in the UK and in the US is 0.08%.
For information and updates on traffic updates visit www.rcips.ky.
Occasionally we are asked whether a conviction for drunk driving will hinder people from being granted a work permit by WORC (Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman - formerly The Department of Immigration). The answer to this is yes.
A drunk driving conviction will show up on your Police Clearance form and is a hindrance to gaining work in the Cayman Islands. For more information on this please see the Immigration page.
If you are caught driving over the limit and need legal advice, then any of the law firms listed below will be able to help you.