Another life lost on a Cayman roadway.
What a loss.
What a ridiculous waste of a young human life that until 12.30 Sunday morning was filled with so much potential.
We’re sad that the family of Jonathon Michael Jones is grieving and that instead of helping him plan his future, they’re planning his funeral.
We’re sad for the family of the driver of the car that crashed into a parked truck on Linford Pierson Highway. They’re spending their days praying he’ll make a full recovery. And we’re sad for the driver; sad that he’s in pain and sad that he’s possibly facing some charges that will put him in the legal system.
The grief and sadness that these families are feeling must be, at times, overwhelming. Our prayers are with them.
But in addition to our sadness at this wretched state of affairs, we’re also mad.
We’re angry because this is the 10th speeding related fatality this year.
What do we have to do to get the message across to drivers – especially young men – that speeding kills.
Do we barricade straight stretches of road like the Esterley Tibbetts Highway or Linford Pierson Highway from say 9pm to 5am?
Do we install those portable signs that tell people how fast they’re going with an admonishment to slow down?
Do we set up cameras at strategic straight stretches of road that will give police officers the identity of the fast drivers?
Do we do what’s been proposed in the UK, control vehicle speed via satellite transmissions?
Do we hire more police officers to monitor roadways daily?
Or do we just throw our hands up in the air and say ‘tut, tut, another life gone. There’s nothing we can do.’
We think there is something that can be done to stop speeders.
For starters – mom and dad – if your kid is driving a car that looks like it could be a race car, he or she is probably speeding. Don’t give them the ammunition to kill themselves, or worse, innocent passengers, pedestrians, cyclists or other drivers.
Young men who speed think they’re cool.
They’ve got to realize speeding doesn’t make them cool, it makes them stupid.
And sometimes it makes them dead.
Do you have any suggestions on how we can stop speeding and loss of life in the Cayman Islands? We’d like to hear from you. Send your Letters to the Editor or thoughts to [email protected] or write to Tammie C. Chisholm at P.O. Box 1365, George Town KY1-1108 CAYMAN ISLANDS.