Today”s Editorial March 18: Traffic accidents are needless

It is by the grace of God that any of the five people involved in a Friday night car crash did not die.

What is it about Esterley Tibbetts Highway that makes people feel emboldened to step on the gas pedals of their cars and overtake?

This is the second wreck since November involving overtaking and a head-on collision on that stretch of road.

Shaney Tania Bar-On of Australia died in the November crash after her car was hit head-on by someone overtaking.

Why her life was taken and the lives of the five Friday night spared, we’ll never know.

What we do know is that there couldn’t have been anything so urgent as to cause careless overtaking and potential loss of life.

Speed kills.

We live on an island. You are eventually going to get where you need to be without speeding and overtaking.

We hope that Friday night’s scene isn’t a sign of things to come as we begin Holy Week and face a long Easter weekend, this Friday.

Our roadways will be crowded this coming weekend and the next week as friends and family visit in their homes and campsites.

We can be sure that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be out in force setting up roadblocks and monitoring speeders.

It is not their intention to spoil anyone’s fun. It is their intention, though, to make sure our roadways are safe.

And they can use our help.

If you see someone driving in a haphazard manner, take down their licence number and call the police at 949-4222 or 946-6254.

In addition to slowing down and overtaking with caution, drivers are urged to not drink and drive.

The same goes for boaters.

Speed and drink driving kill on the waterways just as they do on roadways.

It is our hope that the five involved in Friday’s accident will be out of hospital in time to fellowship with friends and family this Easter.

There should be no more accidents on the roadways of the Cayman Islands. There’s just no excuse for any of them.

If everyone acts responsible on our road and waterways everyone can almost be assured of having a safe Easter weekend.

BREAKOUT

We hope that Friday night’s scene isn’t a sign of things to come as we begin Holy Week and face a long Easter weekend, this Friday.

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