I would like to highlight a growing problem in Cayman, one which needs to be addressed.
Far too often I have come close to being involved in a potentially fatal accident while driving in Cayman and almost invariably a cyclist is involved, riding against the traffic, on the wrong side the road.
These madmen negotiate roundabouts counter-clockwise. They flash across junctions from the wrong direction, even as you are about to accelerate into fast traffic. They wear black clothing at night. They carry no lights. They want to die, it seems.
I urge the police to mount a campaign against this dangerous habit because soon a cyclist will be killed, and who will be blamed?
If I drove my car as they ride their bicycles, I would be arrested and locked up. Should these cyclists be any different?
Compounding this problem is that 10 per cent of the drive resolutely refuse to dip their headlights at night, under any circumstances. This makes it very difficult to see pedestrians and cyclists to the side of the road. Super-bright xenon/krypton beam, maladjusted headlights and illegal spotlights make night-driving torture these days.
There seems to be a creeping culture that considers it cool to dazzle oncoming cars with everything they’ve got. The police need to take these menaces off the road.
When a driver won’t dip his headlights, there are three possibilities: he doesn’t know where the dip-switch is; he’s on his cell phone; or he’s being downright offensive. In any of these cases, he shouldn’t be driving on Cayman’s roads. He will never know it, but he might well be responsible for killing someone.
I believe the headlight and spotlight adjustment is entirely ignored at the annual inspection. It is at this point that problems should be addressed. I asked a recently qualified driver about night-driving and he said the question of headlights was never addressed during his lessons or in the test. Can this really be true?
Meanwhile, anyone servicing their car should have the headlights and spotlights checked for correct alignment as a courtesy to their fellow man.