Poll: Road safety measures needed

More than 41 per cent of the respondents to the lastcaycompass.com believe a whole package of measures should be adopted to make Cayman’s road safer.

Of the 418 respondents to the poll, 172 of them (41.1 per cent) chose ‘All of the above’ in response to the question of what steps they thought should be taken to make Cayman’s roads safer.

The individual measures from which to choose included graduated driver’s licences for teenagers; better law enforcement/stiffer penalties; a curfew for teenage drivers; and driver’s test for everyone.

‘We need to do something different, if we expect different results,’ said one person.

‘Undoubtedly, all of the options indicated in this survey are intricate elements with regards to enhancing road safety, albeit the experienced or inexperienced, the young or the old, the residents or the visitors, the drivers or the pedestrians,’ said another person.

Seventy-eight other people (18.7 per cent) chose just graduated driver’s licences for teenagers as a way of making the roads safer, while 62 respondents (14.8 per cent) said just better law enforcement and stiffer penalties would suffice.

‘All of (the choices) would help, but this all starts with enforcement and punishment for violations,’ said one person.

Fifty-two respondents (12.4 per cent) said a curfew for teenage drivers should be adopted, and another 34 people suggested other ways of making the roads safer.

‘Raise the age (requirement) for licences,’ said one person.

Other suggestions in comments included:

‘A points on licence penalty system, combined with speed cameras’;

‘Zero tolerance for under 21. You get caught; you lose your licence for five years. Send a clear message’;

‘Educational videos aired on local TV education drivers how to negotiate roundabouts, traffic lights… perhaps filmed from inside and outside a vehicle’;

‘People new to the island applying for a driver’s licence should receive a booklet on the road signs and driving etiquette/rules’;

‘Mandatory driver’s education in schools.’

Some of the respondents noted that it was not just the responsibility of the government to make the roads safer.

‘It is up to the individual to identify that what he/she is doing is wrong and until they wake up and realize that it is up to them to make the roads safe, no matter what the government does it will not stop them from driving dangerously,’ said one person.

‘It is a parent’s responsibility to deal with their children’s driving habits or the lack of them. First and foremost parents should not purchase high performance cars,’ said another respondent.

The problems on the road apparently are not unique to Grand Cayman.

‘I live on Cayman Brac and speeding is one of the main problems,’ said one person. ‘I wonder why? The Island is so small and where do you need to be in such a hurry? We will not even get into cell phones this time.’