Today’s Editorial for October 16: Time to do something about Esterley Tibbetts

It’s time for Government to find the money to put a median down the centre of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

We witnessed another horrific death Tuesday when an attorney for Appleby died in a two-vehicle crash on that deadly road.

We don’t know if Jonathan S. Tarboton was attempting to overtake, if he had vehicle problems or if he had swerved to avoid hitting something or someone else. Unfortunately his car wound up in the wrong lane.

What we do know is that most of the accidents on that road are because a vehicle is in the wrong lane.

Putting a median in place, such as the one along Shamrock Road at the Lions Centre would go a long way – we believe – in stopping some of the carnage on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, known to many as the Harquail Bypass.

That road has been a death trap since it opened because it is too easy to veer – accidentally or by overtaking – into the wrong lane.

The Caymanian Compass has said before that we need to reduce the risk of driving by anticipating dangerous situations.

We don’t have to anticipate that the Esterley Tibbetts Highway is a dangerous situation. We know that it is.

The Government has a long range, $4 million plan to expand the highway into a divided four lane road, with no start date for construction.

Don’t worry about the expansion just now, but action should be taken to put a divider down the middle of the road now.

How many more lives have to be lost on that stretch of road before Government takes action?

And how many more times are we going to have to use this space to ask that question?

Our condolences go out to Mr. Tarboton’s family, his co-workers and friends.

We now attach his name to the growing list of people who have met their end on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

We’ve implored Government before to make the roadway a no-pass zone, but no we think more drastic measures need to be taken.

The temporary dividers are already on island on Grand Cayman.

Certainly Government can find money in its coffers to pay a bit of overtime to National Roads Authority workers to put the dividers in place while a proper median is planned and built.

It certainly wouldn’t cost as much as the ongoing police investigation is costing this country and it would do some good.

We can’t afford to lose another life.