Today’s Editorial December 14: ‘Tis the season to be nice

Christmas is a wonderful time for most people.

It’s a magical time filled with anticipation and love.

It’s a time when it is OK to show kindness and love toward one another.

So why don’t we?

Kindness toward our fellow man should be something we strive for each day.

But often, we fall short.

This time of the year we should be focused on the season, why we celebrate it and how we can treat each other better.

This especially goes for the drivers on Cayman’s roadways.

Some drivers’ behaviours have become absolutely deplorable, especially in the last year.

Ten years ago driving in the Cayman Islands was a pleasure. No one was in any hurry to get anywhere and just about everyone was courteous.

But not today.

Driving on the roadways of the Cayman Islands – especially Grand Cayman – is tantamount to Russian roulette.

It can be an absolutely horrifying experience and those who make it to their destinations safely can be overwhelmed with a sense of relief.

Remember the old adage – action speaks louder than words.

Those who practice bad behaviour on the roadways are showing their true character and utter disregard for their fellow man.

There’s no reason for speeding unless you’re in an ambulance on your way to the hospital.

And weaving in and out of traffic, illegally overtaking and tailgating are downright rude.

If everyone determined that today they would take care and consideration with them behind the wheel it would help.

When you see that you don’t need to speed, overtake or generally be a bad driver, it will be easier to exercise care and caution on a daily basis.

We have a vast population of people here from other countries. Many of them have brought their bad driving habits with them.

Instead of picking up on those bad habits and employing them, we should be encouraging them to practice the old Caymanian ways of being genteel and considerate of others while using the public roadways.

What a wonderful Christmas present safe roadways in the Cayman Islands would be.

It’s up to each of us, though.

This is the season to be nice to each other.

If we start practicing now, maybe we can carry our good driving habits into the New Year.