On New Years Eve your editorial talked about the dangers of drinking and driving and urging party goers to find a designated driver or take a taxi.
This echoed the advice from the RCIP.
And whilst this is exactly what people should be doing, I would like to share with you the experience of one of my friends who did exactly that.
She was sensible, she called a taxi.
For added security she gave the taxi firm her name and told them that she wanted to go to Spotts, from Buckingham Square. The taxi duly arrived and identified her by name but when she confirmed her destination with the driver, he refused to take her saying that he was going up to Calico Jacks.
When she pointed out that she had ordered the taxi to take her home, he refused once more and told her that if she didn’t want to go to Calico Jacks, she should get out of the cab.
In some shock, this is what she did, believing the driver when he said he would call for another cab for her. It wasn’t until she called the taxi dispatcher herself that she found that he hadn’t done this – he had simply left her, despite the fact that it was late at night, she was a female, alone, and only steps from where Estella Scott was abducted, raped and murdered just a few weeks ago.
Given this disgusting behaviour from someone who is supposed to be providing a service and helping to ensure that our roads stay safe, is it any wonder why people, particularly women, feel that they have no choice but to drive?
And until something is done about this sort of attitude amongst some taxi drivers (admittedly not all), and the service and fares are properly regulated, the Cayman Islands will never combat its drink driving problem.