Despite a grim run up to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Cayman Islands roads, it seems drivers avoided major incidents during the holiday week itself.
According to Royal Cayman Islands Police Services statistics, there were 42 vehicle collisions from 22 December through 1 January.
Seven of the crashes resulted in minor injuries, and three others led to more grievous hurt such as broken bones.
‘It was extremely sad to see three young men lose their lives on our roads just before Christmas,’ said Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis. ‘Over the festive period itself it was pleasing to see that people appeared to be driving with more respect and taking extra care.’
The most serious auto crash occurred just before midnight on 27 December.
Two RCIPS officers and another person were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash in West Bay. One of the officers suffered a broken jaw and the civilian driver had a few broken ribs, according to RCIPS Traffic Division Inspector Courtney Myles.
Island roads did see a higher rate of crashes per day over the holiday period.
Cayman averaged just fewer than four vehicle accidents a day during the holidays, compared to the first nine months of the year, which saw about three wrecks per day.
RCIPS officers made five arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the holidays. Just one arrest followed an accident; the other four were made through proactive policing, according to a department spokesperson.
‘When we compare it to August, when we arrested eight people in one night for driving under the influence of alcohol, (it) encourages us to think that the….message is slowly getting through,’ said Mr. Ennis.
Just before the holiday week began, three men died in two separate accidents on Grand Cayman.
On 20 December an 18-year-old and 19-year-old died when the car they were in slammed into a cement column along West Bay Rd.
A 21-year-old died the next day after his truck apparently went into the water at a dike road.