Today’s Editorial August 20: Laws need enforcing

Yesterday, we editorialised about the high number of complaints made against employers who were not providing health insurance as mandated by law.

What we didn’t mention in that editorial was the fact that in spite of the thousands of complaints, only six cases have made their way to court since the Health Insurance Law as passed 12 years ago.

Non-enforcement of laws is major issue in the Cayman Islands. There are laws against allowing dogs to roam around without leads, yet virtually no dog owners are ever fined.

There are laws about riding bicycles at night without lights and laws against burning trash or bush, and yet these laws are also routinely ignored.

And no one does a thing about it.

Some would argue that laws like the one that prohibits holding raffles should not be enforced because they help the community.

But laws are laws and they should either be enforced or repealed.

The trouble with selective enforcement of laws is that it can give people the idea that it is all right to break the law.

Someone who gets away with breaking one seemingly benign law might be more likely to commit another crime – like maybe buying illegal numbers – because lots of other people are doing and they don’t think there any repercussions.

At a time when the Cayman Islands is seeing an upsurge in crime, the society as a whole must respect the law more.

The best way to instil a sense of law and order back into this community would be to start enforcing all of the laws.