Educate all young drivers

I am a 20-year-old Caymanian who is studying in a college abroad. I am heartbroken from hearing about all of the fatal motor vehicle accidents that have occurred for the year thus far.

It was my prayer that the fatal motor vehicle accidents raise were something we could have left in 2006.

From time I was 16 years old, I have been in a ride-along with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

During my years of being involved in this programme, I spent most of my time working with the traffic department. I have been at the scene to assist with many accidents.

From my observation with working with the police and being a teenager, I strongly believe that there is no real solution for the persons who currently have their license.

Some suggest that traffic violators should be issued larger fines, suspended licence, increase insurance, and more.

Realistically, that does or may not stop them from driving.

What needs to be done is a mandatory driver’s education in high schools.

As soon as students leave middle school and enter high school, driver’s education courses should be a mandatory class. Once driver etiquette skills are created, students will al

ways have that with them. We cannot expect for teenagers to be responsible drivers if there is little to no good education about driving.

Kevin Watler