Today’s Editorial June 03: Crab time – be safe

We welcome the rains that have finally returned to the Cayman Islands.

But with the rainy season come a few opportunities and problems.

First and foremost, the rain brings problems when it comes to driving.

While driving in the Cayman Islands presents its own challenges, driving during the rainy season can be downright frightening.

It would appear that common sense goes right out of the window when some drivers are faced with manoeuvring a vehicle while wet stuff falls from the sky.

Rainy season also presents us with a wonderful opportunity – crabbing.

And that brings with it a new set of problems.

Many people stop their cars on the sides of roads and do their crabbing there, without adequate lighting and a total disregard for vehicular traffic.

Many of those catching crabs also fail to wear light-coloured clothing.

To help you have a safe crabbing season, we offer a few tips.

If you’re driving to your favourite crabbing location, remember to park your vehicle away from the main road and keep your lights on dim so that other drivers can see your vehicle.

Crabbing is best done in the dark, so be sure you have enough flashlights for everyone and remember to wear light coloured clothing so others can see you.

Taking children along? Be sure that you keep a watchful eye on them at all times.

Those driving at night should remember that this is the season for people stopping on the side of the road to catch crabs.

Drivers should be extra vigilant on the roads, especially in the eastern districts. Motorists need to be aware of the presence of people looking for crabs on many of our busy thoroughfares.

Crabbers, we ask that you be especially careful when searching for your delicacies near these busy roads. It takes only a split second for a child or an adult, for that matter, to step into the road and be hit by an unsuspecting driver.

We also ask crabbers to mindful of the gender of the crabs they are taking. Please leave the spawning females alone so they can reproduce to ensure a bountiful crab season next year.

We’re thankful for the rain and for the abundance of crabs.

Wishing you all a safe and fruitful crab season.

Many people stop their cars on the sides of roads and do their crabbing there, without adequate lighting and a total disregard for vehicular traffic.

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