Use roadways responsibly

The witnessing of a pedestrian being hit by a car right outside our office last week brought even closer to home the increase in road and traffic offences.

The police reports are almost daily filled with information about motor vehicle accidents and, lately, of pedestrians being hit.

The increase in accidents is because many people in the Cayman Islands are, frankly, driving like maniacs.

Is there still so much post-Ivan stress that we’ve lost all common sense when we get behind the wheel of a moving vehicle?

At some point the people in this country have to stop blaming everything – including bad driving habits – on Ivan.

There is really no need to speed and dangerously pass other drivers.

The roads in the Cayman Islands are on islands. The roads don’t form a network that lead from one island to the next or one country to the next.

There are only so many places a driver can go.

But the bad habits aren’t just limited to the motoring public. There has been a huge increase in bicyclers not following the rules of the road, weaving in and out of traffic and riding on the wrong side of the road. The latter is made even more dangerous when those cyclers aren’t equipped with lights or reflective clothing.

Runners should also take note, especially those running along South Sound late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

There are still no street lights in that and other areas, which makes visibility of runners without benefit of reflective clothing, almost impossible.

The Cayman Islands are made up of intelligent, well-meaning people. It would be refreshing if they would employ those qualities while using the country’s roadways.

It’s time to put an end to bad driving habits and road rage; and stop blaming Hurricane Ivan.

If each driver, cycler and runner would act responsibly, this country could have this problem licked in no time.