Today’s Editorial January 03: Far too many traffic fatalities

We knew the road death statistics for 2006 were going to be high.

We just didn’t know how staggering the figure would be.

We lost 14 people on the roadways of the Cayman Islands last year.

That’s a whopping 133 per cent increase in needless deaths from 2005.

That’s 14 people who won’t make a contribution to the development of our country.

That’s 14 people who left behind grieving moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and friends.

That’s 14 deaths too many.

We’ve been told by police that speed played a major factor in many of those deaths.

When are young people – most were between the ages of 17 and 26 – going to learn that cars are not toys?

When are they going to put some thought and consideration into driving?

Just because you are young doesn’t mean you are invincible.

The combination of speed and roadways is deadly to everyone.

As it appears the young people of our country aren’t getting message, maybe it’s time for parents to take measures into their own hands.

If a car has been modified and looks like a racing car, that’s probably what your son or daughter is doing with the vehicle while behind the wheel.

If your child’s friend drives a hot rod, forbid your child from riding in the car.

If you are a parent and don’t do something to stop your child from speeding, you can take the blame as well as the grief when they die in a road accident.

Special programmes aimed at getting people to slow down are said to be working.

We hope we see the fruits of these labours this year with no traffic fatalities.

But right now the numbers just don’t add up.

If you see a driver – young or old – acting dangerously behind the wheel, report them.

We have to all work together to stop bad driving.

We’ve already lost too many young, innocent lives through road accidents.

Let’s bring the number of traffic fatalities down to zero this year.