Today’s Editorial January 09: Maybe fines will slow you down

And you just thought it was expensive to live in the Cayman Islands.

Wait until next month and you’re caught speeding or illegally overtaking.

Such illegal activities will put a major dent in your household budget and your wallet.

Cabinet Minister Arden McLean has warned all motorists in the Cayman Islands that beginning next month the fines for traffic offences will increase.

The minimum speeding fine now is $100.

We don’t know what the increased fines will be, but we welcome them.

There are just too many people driving in the Cayman Islands who are ignoring the traffic laws.

People who drive badly not only put themselves at risk of a dangerous accident, but put innocent people in harm’s way.

There has to be some way to get people to slow down, be patient and not illegally overtake, use roundabouts properly and just plain drive correctly.

If the best way to assure proper driving habits is to hit people in the pocket book, then so be it.

While we don’t know what the increases will be, we would suggest a $1,000 fee for anyone caught going more than 20 miles over the speed limit.

Caught not wearing your seatbelt? How about a $1,000 fine for that one too? And not just for the driver, but for passengers too.

Can’t seem to convince that child he has to sit in the car seat? Maybe you should face a $2,500 fine.

We hope that as bad drivers are faced with contributing more of their hard-earned money to the government via traffic fees they’ll realize the errors of their ways and take Cayman’s traffic laws more seriously.

And while those with bad driving habits are learning a lesson, the country can make a little extra money off the increase in fines.

It sounds like a win-win situation.

If you’re not familiar with Cayman’s traffic laws, start hitting the books. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for bad behaviour.

We’ll be glad to publish the fine increases when Minister McLean and the government announce them.

We just hope the increases are hefty enough to make bad drivers sit up, take notice and do the right thing.