Today’s Editorial January 16: Friday’s wreck unnecessary

This country could be mourning 10 children today.

One or two or all 10 of those children could become the doctor or scientist that finally comes up with a cure for cancer; who takes the world stage to bring about peace throughout the Earth; who finally puts to an end world hunger and poverty.

For whatever reason their lives were spared Friday when the school bus their parents had entrusted them on was rear ended near Midland Acres.

The cause of the accident? Bad driving; pure and simple.

Blame it on Friday being the 13th, a day considered unlucky by many.

But despite the number attached to the day, bad driving is just bad driving.

And it’s got to come to a halt on the Cayman Islands.

That wreck Friday had the potential to kill everyone involved, including the driver and passengers of the Honda that rammed the rear of the bus.

Every accident on our roadways has the potential to snuff out a life and in many instances they do.

All drivers should exercise caution when behind a steering wheel, especially when school is in session.

Christmas and the first week of January gave drivers who remained on the island a break – school was out and many people left the country for holidays. Traffic wasn’t too bad.

But now everyone has returned and traffic, especially on Grand Cayman, is once again horrendous.

Bus drivers have a particular charge and challenge; they must ensure they carry students – the future leaders of this country – to and from school in a safe manner. It is up to the rest of us drivers to make sure that they successfully carry out their mission by being good drivers ourselves.

Just imagine what the parents of those 10 children would be facing today if divine providence hadn’t taken over and those children had been killed in the Friday wreck.

Now put yourself in their shoes. Isn’t that enough to help make you a better driver? We hope so.

We’ve already seen a beefed-up police presence on Grand Cayman’s roadways.

Police are armed with new radar speed detection units, and they’re using them.

Come April, more police cars will arrive in the country and patrols will increase.

It’s a shame that bad driving habits in the Cayman Islands have forced the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service into a position to have to order more patrol cars.

But until we can police ourselves and stop bad driving habits, RCIP will gladly pull us over and issue citations.

They’ll also be there to clean up the blood and carnage left behind in fatal accidents.

Friday’s rear end collision of a school bus should give us all a wake up call to stop speeding and all other bad driving habits.

Thankfully, those 10 children were able to spend this past weekend playing, going to church and taking an active part in their family’s lives. Today their school desks are filled with their little bodies and their young minds are absorbing knowledge.

One, two or all 10 of them have the potential of becoming someone great because they lived through Friday’s most unnecessary accident.

And that’s what motor vehicle accidents are – unnecessary.