Today’s Editorial April 05: Be responsible this weekend

We’re staring down the double barrel of a long Easter weekend with the hopes that everyone will act responsibly and the prayer that no one loses his or her life on the roadways or the sea.

And it’s not just deaths we’re concerned about.

People are still driving their vehicles and boats too fast and too close.

There have been far too many cars colliding and crashing.

And on the seas we have seen many boaters get in trouble, especially with overcrowding.

In addition to the word of caution, be forewarned that members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be out in force on Cayman’s roadways and the Joint Customs and Marine Unit as well as officers from the Department of Environment will be patrolling the seas on boats and wave runners.

They’re not trying to spoil your fun; they just want you to do it safely.

If you’re out on the water this weekend, remember that lobster season is closed and conch season closes 30 April; limits apply so check the regulations. Make sure you check with the Port Authority for any advisories and leave your VHF radio tuned to channel 16. Don’t overload your boat and life vests are required on wave runners.

Campers need to take some precautions too.

They should be responsible with the fires they build for cooking and shooing mosquitoes.

Officers will be patrolling areas popular with campers to make sure that all marine and land laws are abided by so that a safe environment is provided for everyone.

Everyone who traverses to visit friends, family and campers needs to make sure they don’t drink and drive.

We beg everyone to make sure that the four-day holiday goes off without a hitch.

There’s absolutely no excuse for accidents this weekend, either on the roads or on the water.

If everyone acts responsibly and does their part we can almost ensure a safe Easter holiday.

Easter is all about hope.

It is our hope that yours is a wonderful holiday.