Major road law changes proposed

If Cabinet Minister Arden McLean gets his way, some major changes to the Traffic Law will occur.

Speaking at the Cabinet press briefing Friday, Mr. McLean said he had met with the Governor, top officials of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services, the Acting Director of the National Roads Authority and the Director of the Vehicle and Licensing to co-ordinate strategies in the area of road safety.

The meeting has led to a plan of what needs to be done to make the roads safer.

‘We’re at the stage where we’re making recommendations on how we have to amend the traffic laws,’ he said.

Mr. McLean did not divulge any of those recommendations, however, because he had not yet taken them to Cabinet for its approval. He said he would be in a position to report on the recommendations this coming Friday.

‘There are going to be some radical changes on the road if I get through what I want to,’ he said, adding that it would be up to Cabinet to make the decision.

One area of road safety Mr. McLean did touch on was the practice of modifying or ‘souping up’ cars.

‘I have a little problem with that,’ he said. ‘It’s something we’re looking at.’

Mr. McLean noted that people are making alterations to vehicles that are already illegal like putting tinting films on windows that blacken them.

‘[Car owners] are taking it off, getting it inspected and the putting it right back on,’ he said.

Mr. McLean said the road laws would be enforced.

‘It will be a collaborative effort among many agencies to stop this type of behaviour and getting these cars off the road,’ he said.

The recommendations will come partially in response to a spate of road fatalities over the past year.

A graduated driver’s licence programme, whereby young drivers would have certain restrictions on their licences like curfews, has already been passed into law. However, the government is currently reviewing the law with the idea of amending it before it is implemented.

Mr. McLean said another thing that would change is the level of fines for traffic offences.

‘It’s going to cost some serious money in this country if you transgress [the traffic] laws if I have my way,’ he said.