Today’s Editorial November 05: More to do on road safety

We at the Caymanian Compass have sometimes been accused of being too negative about our reporting on police and public safety matters.

People will always have different opinions about stories that appear in the newspaper, but we believe our statement on the following is the correct one.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, with assistance from community volunteer groups, has done a fine job in promoting and ensuring driving safety. It shows in that there have been fewer accidents and especially far fewer fatal accidents so far this year.

It took a while, but we do believe the public is finally beginning to get the message.

Sadly, as Ronald Forbes said in our front-page story today, you can never take it back.

The Cayman Islands has lost a promising young man in Reuben Forbes.

It’s time for government to finally put its money where its mouth is on a graduated licensing programme for young drivers.

Government should heed the recommendations of police and the National Roads Authority and implement a cell phone ban for those who are driving.

Someone should finally come up with a set policy on how people should drive on roundabouts. If you ask 10 different people in this country how to navigate a traffic circle, you’ll get 10 different answers.

We’re begging the government to enact these changes sooner rather than later. Please, folks, it’s so important.