Large roadside signs warning of the dangers of speed, not wearing seat belts and drunk driving are being erected on Cayman Brac as a project of the Lions and Leos clubs on the island.
The clubs are focusing on road safety this year in an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents on the Brac.
Yvette Gayle, president of the Cayman Brac Lions Club, said there have been fatalities on island, some involving young people, and she believes the accidents are preventable.
“We can all recall the very sad moments within the past eight years when young members of the Brac community lost their lives in road accidents and those whose lives have been significantly impacted and perhaps forever so,” she said.
Most of the accidents on the Brac are due to speeding and drunk driving, said Youth Committee chairman and Leo adviser Kevin Roberts.
Ms Gayle said the club did a lot of groundwork to get the project off the ground, including collaborating with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service – Cayman Brac to identify the most urgent areas to target.
“Through such collaborative efforts, the club decided to focus on three themes: seat belts, speeding, and drunk driving,” she said.
Mr. Roberts said the aim is to help reduce road accidents and ultimately protect lives. “We urge everyone to think before they act. The life we save could very well be our own,” he said.
To increase awareness and engage the Island’s youth in the project, the club launched a competition for Cayman Brac High School students to create slogans for road signs.
The winner was Joel Gayle, whose slogans were: Buckle Up or be Buckled Under; You Think You Have Skills… Speed Kills”; and Don’t Drink and Drive… Stay Alive.
Those slogans are now on display for all drivers on the Brac to see.
On Sunday morning, 20 March, the first of the signs, focusing on the use of seat belts, was mounted south of the high school.
Money for the project was raised mainly through movie nights held by the Lions and Leos. The Leos also sold flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day to support the project.
D-Signs Ltd in Grand Cayman produced the signs, while the Public Works Department on Cayman Brac through District Commissioner Ernie Scott provided the labour to secure the posts in the ground.
Eight signs will be posted on the island. Meanwhile, the service clubs are looking at other ways to educate the public about the importance of safety on the roads.
Anyone interested in more information or in supporting the project may contact [email protected]