Online Poll: Speeding tops traffic offences

More than half of the respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll said speeding was the traffic offence they were most likely to commit.

Of the 431 total respondents, 228 of them – 52.9 per cent – had a propensity to drive above the speed limit.

“I’ve found myself always in a hurry to get places and get things done,” said one person. “If I’m early, it’s like I have to make the most out of every second, sneaking in a task here or there. Sometimes to make it up, I have… exceeded the limit a tad.”

“I got a ticket a few days ago,” said another respondent. “That’s what I get for rushing when I’m late for a pick up. I should of known better.”

“Speeding while probably trying to get to work on time,” said someone else. “Other than that, I am an angel.”

The next highest segment of respondents, 88 people or 20.4 per cent, said they were perfect angles and weren’t likely to commit any traffic offences.

“I’m not a perfect angel, just a responsible adult,” said one person.

“It is not difficult to follow the island’s simple traffic guidelines,” said another respondent. “Only an idiot needs to drive recklessly and at a high rate of speed. The island is not that big.”

“The police need to address the real issues like children without their seat belts, blinding headlights and people pulling out on you and not indicating… not if somebody is 10 miles over the speed limit,” said someone else.

“I don’t drive,” said one of the perfect angels. “I walk everywhere.”

Fifty-two people – 12.1 per cent – said the traffic offence there were most likely to commit was driving after drinking.

“I don’t drive drunk, but I know I’ve been over the limit a few times coming home from the bar,” said one person. “If taxis weren’t so expensive (I once had to pay $19 to go two and a half miles) I would cab it home much more often.”

Twenty-nine people – 6.7 per cent – said driving with expired registration was the traffic offence they were most likely to commit, and only 14 respondents – 3.3 per cent – said they were most likely to run red lights or stop signs.

Twenty people – 4.6 per cent – responded ‘other’ to the question. Many of those people said driving without wearing a seat belt was the offence they would most likely commit.

“Using a cell phone while driving,” said one person, who seemed to know it was wrong even if it isn’t against the law.

“If text messaging was a crime, I’d be committing it, I must stop,” said someone else.

“Attacking an incompetent driver who has just nearly killed me,” said another respondent.

Next week’s poll question

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Re the comment – I dont drive drunk, but I know Ive been over the limit a few times coming home from the bar – is that not a contradication? Knowing you are over the limit is technically legally drunk right? And therefore a potential danger on the road. If you have an accident whilst over the limit – even a little bit – does not mean you are only a little bit guilty and responsible.

  2. The person that claims they dont drive drunk but was over the limit a few times when they were driving, is blaming the price of a taxi home for their doing so. This is absolutely ridiculous. Look at what you spent to get drunk in the first place. Most of these places they charge over 4 for a beer, more for mixed drinks. But you come out after spending 100 or more on drinks and expect someone to drop you home for free. Cabbies have to make a living too. We have to maintain our vehicles, pay higher insurance and licence fees, not to mention pay our bills just like anyone else. Yes as Ive mentioned in the past when people come up wit this excuse, their are dishonest taxi drivers out there but there are more honest ones so dont lump all of us together just ask your bartender who they use to get home and you will more than likely get someone honest. You just have to get a number for an individual or company that you can trust and use them when you go out. Also remember that rates go up 20% after midnight also people complain when you charge them more money for more people. Tell me this. Which form of transportation doesent charge you more for more people? Airlines do busses do. If you go with 6 people how do you expect to get charged for only three. With all the crime now these drivers are out there vulnerable to all sorts of stuff and deserve to get compensated for the risks of taking care of you after you have gone out and spent whatever amount of money on alcohol to get drunk in the first place. So if you are going to go drink make shure you put aside money to be able to get home with a taxi dont argue with the driver thats taking you home that person mite be the same one you have to rely on to pick you up every day after you loose your licence for drinking and driving. Getting charged too much is not a valid excuse for driving drunk and endangering the lives of everyone elso on the road with your wrecklessness.

  3. Stop drivers using hand held cell phones will reduce accidents! Every day people see cars weaving alll over the road whilst their supposed drivers are speaking on mobile phones. Even more amazing is the number of people who think that they can text and drive. Life is short but can be even shorter if you drive off the road whilst using a phone when you could make the same call safely from your home or office minutes later. This is not Los Angeles, what is the urgency……!

  4. Few thoughts on the subject:

    DUI not always the main reason of accident. There is presumption, that if any of the drivers was DUI, then he is charged with the accident. Even if accident could not be avoided by professional stunts driver with absolute clarity in mind.

    This is OK when our main goal is to prevent people from drinking. We deliver message that You drink – you drive – Everything is YOUR fault. Thats ok.

    But when our main goal is to PREVENT incidents from happening, focus should change. It is not only alcohol which is dangerous on the road.

    Just based on my own experience, driving in Cayman for a pretty short time. List of most dangerous incidents / situations I went through:

    – people driving with high beam on. I DONT see pedestrians running across the street at night when 80% of drivers in front of me have their high beam on. Do you?

    – people driving without headlights or with one headlight (this is Caymans speciality) at night. You dont see car or you think that it is a bike (one light) until you are too close. The same in the evening against sun. In the evening you should turn your headlights on not TO SEE, but TO BE SEEN. Especially when somebody is looking against the sun.

    – Driving without headlights under rain. Sometimes I barely can see the road even if wipers working like crazy. I would really appreciate if other drivers could indicate their position by turning lights on. And please, NO HIGH BEAM under rain. High beam under rain blinds.

    – people cutting corners – comon, if you turn on the outside of the turn, you MUST leave enough space for car to go on the inside. You are not the only person on the road.

    – people ignoring indicators on roundabout (80-90%) and ignoring indicators completely (20-30%). How am I supposed to know where are you going? Especially when I am on the inside and trying to guess if car to the left is going to leave roundabout or not. Those who use only left indicator on roundabout – thanks a lot, but until you turn on your left indicator I cant guess if you are ignoring indicators completely or not.

    – some people (hopefully tourists, no excuse for locals) using wrong lane (right side). Have faced this three times by now – probably too much. Thanks God was able to react quickly enough.

    – top of the list – In Central Georgetown. Road sign which means Deadend internationally (T-shaped) is installed there instead of brick sign (-). Brick means No way, one way street. Deadend means – go there if you want, but we warned you that its deadend. Should I mention that this IS a one way street?

    And after all that, some people are asking to increase speedlimit in Cayman. With such driving as we have in Cayman, low speedlimit is the only reason for having several deaths on the road a year instead of several dozens.

    For those who didnt notice – I didnt have any problem with other drivers speeding and I dont know if any of the drivers with high beam on turn it on because of being drunk.

    Just look into things wider.

  5. The driving in Cayman is the worst I have seen ANYWHERE in the world and to have over 12% say they would drink and drive frightens the living daylights out of me.

    Why does anyone on Cayman want or need a Ferrari other than to make up for their inadequate masculinity?

    The Beachbum

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