We’re embarking on an extremely busy weekend in the lead up to Christmas.
We hope that everyone remembers to take care while crowding George Town’s roads in search of last minute gifts.
Christmas is a magical time filled with anticipation and love.
It’s a time when it is OK to show kindness and love toward one another.
This time of the year we should be focused on the season, why we celebrate it and how we can treat each other better.
This especially goes for the drivers on Cayman’s roadways.
Some drivers’ behaviours are downright deplorable. We’re still seeing too many examples of bad driving.
Gone are the days of laid back Cayman Islands where no one got in too big of a hurry to get from one place to another and just about everyone was courteous.
Driving on the roadways of the Cayman Islands – especially Grand Cayman – can be dangerous.
It can be an absolutely horrifying experience and those who make it to their destinations safely can be overwhelmed with a sense of relief.
Remember the old adage – action speaks louder than words.
Those who practice bad behaviour on the roadways are showing their true character and utter disregard for their fellow man.
There’s no reason for speeding unless you’re in an ambulance on your way to hospital.
And weaving in and out of traffic, illegally overtaking and tailgating are just plain rude.
Please, as you do your last minute shopping this weekend, add extra time and slow down.
Just about everyone who will be in town will be doing the same thing you are – jockeying for a place to park, or that last item on the store shelf.
When you see that you don’t need to speed, overtake or generally be a bad driver, it will be easier to exercise care and caution on a daily basis.
We have a vast population of people here from other countries. Many of them have brought their bad driving habits with them.
Instead of picking up on those bad habits and employing them, we should be encouraging them to practice the old Caymanian ways of being genteel and considerate of others while using the public roadways.
What a wonderful Christmas present safe roadways in the Cayman Islands would be.
It’s up to each of us, though.
This is the season to be nice to each other.
If we start practicing now, maybe we can carry our good driving habits into the New Year.
On a point of correction, this space contained erroneous information concerning Vision 2008. It was a report generated by Government, not the Chamber of Commerce, which did have input.