As students return to school Monday following the summer break, police are reminding everyone to take care on the Island’s roads, especially when travelling to and from school.
Head of the Traffic Management Department, Chief Inspector Courtney Myles, is urging all parents and guardians of school age youngsters, as well as drivers as a whole, to be responsible.
‘Parents play a strong role in ensuring the safety of their child or children on their journey to and from school,’ he said. ‘If you are travelling by car, please ensure your passengers are suitably restrained with seat belts or child seats and make sure they do not release themselves until you have reached your destination and the vehicle has safely stopped.’
Drivers should always allow children to get in and out of the vehicle on the pavement side rather than into the road and parking spots should be chosen carefully – do not park on areas marked out for no parking or stop in the middle of the road.
Students should cross roads with care and other drivers should slow down and pay attention. Many schools now have 15mph zones in operation during certain times of the day and these need to be adhered too.
If a school bus stops in front you of you to allow children to board or disembark – you must stop and wait. Do not attempt to go around the bus.
RCIPS Traffic Management Department, in conjunction with patrol officers from each district, will be carrying out an operation to ensure the start of school runs smoothly.
Officers will be patrolling pre-identified roads such as West Bay Road, The Esterley Tibbetts Highway and Shamrock Road.
Superintendent of District Operations, Fabian Sambula added: ‘We want everyone to stay safe on the roads of Cayman and as the school term commences it will come as no shock that roads will be busier at certain times of the day. Please give yourself extra time to make your journey to allow for any delays you may encounter – and be patient.’