Today’s Editorial December 07: Please be safe while driving

We find ourselves, unfortunately, in the same position this year as we were on this page last year.

In the 22 December edition of the Caymanian Compass last year we had to report about the deaths of two teens on Cayman’s roadways.

Today is only the seventh day of December and we’ve had to report another death.

Our hearts go out to the family of Donald Green. He died in a tragic motorcycle accident Wednesday.

As we begin this season that is supposed to be about happiness and joy we know that Donald’s family will spend the holidays grieving.

We don’t know what happened to cause Donald to crash. We only know that he was a valuable member of our society and will be sorely missed by his family, friends and those acquainted with him through his job and community involvement.

Just as we did last year, we want to use this space to remind everyone to be safe while driving, especially during this busy holiday season.

One of the major problems on our roadways is speeding. Another is tailgating and overtaking.

Both can lead to death.

Throw alcohol into those two bad driving habits and your chances of dying or causing the death of someone else increases dramatically.

Do you really want to be responsible for killing someone this close to Christmas?

We think not.

If you do kill someone while behind the wheel and you aren’t convicted of a crime, the knowledge of your actions will be with you for the rest of your life.

This is supposed to be the season of cheer, goodwill and love for our fellow man.

We need to show those traits everywhere we go and especially on our roadways.

Keep in mind the two-second rule as you take to the roadways this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

The rule involves watching the car in front of you as it passes a fixed object like a tree or a fence and then counting two seconds.

If you pass the marker before the two seconds are up, you are too close to the car in front of you; it means you are tailgating.

If you find yourself in that position you need to slow down and back off.

And if the roads are wet, double the two-second rule to four seconds.

We’re all under stress at this time of year in particular because of searching for those just-right gifts, planning perfect parties and dealing with traffic and bad drivers.

Do your part to keep our roadways safe this holiday season.

If you drink, don’t drive.

If you’re angry, don’t get behind the wheel.

Most of all slow down.

It is our sincere wish that we don’t have to report on another traffic fatality this year.

We also wish you a safe, accident-free holiday season.

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