The Royal Cayman Islands Police warned the entire country they would crack down on drunk drivers over the holidays.
They have done just that.
Some people, however, apparently didn’t believe them.
Police roadblocks over the past several weeks have resulted in dozens of motorists being charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol.
Instead of having happy and carefree holidays, these motorists now face a dismal start to the new year, one in which they have high lawyer fees and court fines to pay, and the prospects of losing their privilege to drive.
They will also have to face the embarrassment of being a drunk driver, someone who is seen as selfish and irresponsible.
On top of all of that, they will have a criminal record.
Some people might think the RCIP is taking the fun out of the holidays, but the truth is the RCIP is trying to ensure we all have safe holidays on the roads.
As bad as getting a DUI is, it’s better than ending up dead or maimed in a road accident cause by an intoxicated driver, or for that driver to kill or maim someone else.
There might have been less than vigorous enforcement of drunk driving here in the past, but it shouldn’t be that way.
Everyone in Cayman needs to learn that driving after drinking is not acceptable.
If it takes harsh and expensive lessons to teach this to everyone, then so be it. There are human lives at stake.
There can be no excuses now, and no one can say they were not warned about the RCIP’s intentions.
There will be more roadblocks, and on New Year’s Eve, you can expect a heavy police presence on the roads.
If you intend to drink alcohol to celebrate the New Year, either have a designated driver who is not drinking, take a taxi, or stay where you are until the alcohol leaves your system.
This is the way it should be all year long, not just on New Year’s Eve.
If you’re a person that has tempted fate by drinking and driving in the past, we urge you to adopt a New Year’s resolution to not do it anymore, and start that resolution today.
Let us all be safe on Cayman’s roads without the fear of drunk drivers.