Today’s Editorial February 18: Use new roads responsibly

News that the speed limit on the part of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway north of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will go up from 25mph to 40mph is indeed welcomed.

It is high time that the stretch of road is finished and drivers are allowed to traverse it in a faster pace than the 25mph in place before.

For many the road had become a speed trap.

We understand why the 25mph zone was put in place; the surface was only chip and spray and there was no lighting. It was a safety issue.

And safety must remain in the minds of all who use the Esterley Tibbetts Highway at an even greater speed.

There is still too much reckless driving on the roads of Grand Cayman.

Too many impatient people are still speeding and carelessly overtaking in no passing zones.

Many drivers on the newly opened East-West Arterial are using it as a speedway to get from George Town to head east.

It seems that once some of them get past the diversion, headed east, their right foot gets heavier causing their vehicles to accelerate well past the intended speed limit.

It’s even worse at night when the new road – black as pitch – is hard to see because lighting has yet to be installed.

What a shame it would be if some careless driver dies or causes the death of someone else on the new roadway because of stupid driving.

We live on an island.

There aren’t a lot of places to go.

You’ll eventually get there, so slow down.

We know speed kills. We’ve seen it time after time.

The opening of new roadways is to help with traffic congestion and to relive much of the stress commuters and other drivers go through as they attempt to control road rage. Speeding on these new roadways won’t help matters, especially if it causes an accident.

Please, everyone, appreciate what the National Roads Authority has done and use these new roadways responsibly.