Today’s Editorial November 21: Make highway a no-pass zone

Words cannot describe the heart-wrenching pain a father and his child are going through today.

His wife, the mother of two, is dead.

She’s the latest victim of Cayman’s roads. The youngest child riding in the car with her was treated at hospital. We pray for God’s mercy and healing of the child and the family on all levels.

Like all deaths on the roadways of the Cayman Islands, the one that happened Monday was senseless. That wife and mother should be making Christmas lists and plans with her husband today.

Instead, he has to make arrangements to get his family back to their home country for a funeral.

That family isn’t the only one struck by the tragedy.

The driver of the vehicle that ran into the car could face time in jail if he’s charged and convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. Whether or not that happens, he will have to live with the memory of this tragic wreck for the rest of his life. His family, too, will suffer as they live through this tragedy with him.

While police are still investigating the incident, eyewitnesses tell us the driver of the truck was attempting to overtake the vehicle in front of him on the busy Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Apparently neither driver saw what was coming, literally.

What’s it going to take to make drivers in Cayman, especially Grand Cayman, slow down and resist the urge to overtake?

Our roads weren’t designed for overtaking – not even the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, which as been the scene of more deadly accidents than we care to recount since it first opened.

We implore Government and police to make the entire Esterley Tibbetts Highway a no pass zone. Those who do overtake in a no pass zone should have their licence stripped from them and banished from driving.

When drivers decide to overtake they are taking a chance with their life and the lives of others.

Overtaking goes hand-in-hand with speeding, which is still a rampant problem on all the roads of Grand Cayman.

We live on an island.

We’re on Cayman time (soon come).

Life is too short to be in such a hurry that you have to overtake a vehicle.

There’s nothing more important than your life and the life of others sharing the road.

Your actions have a direct or indirect affect on everyone who travels our roads.

The next time you’re in a hurry and think about overtaking, think about the mother and wife who won’t be sharing Christmas with her grieving family this year, slow down and go with the flow.

It could have been your daughter driving that car.

Think about it. Slow down. Quit overtaking.

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