A clear majority of the respondents to last week’s cayCompass.com online poll thought the ban on using handheld cell phones while driving was the most needed of the recent amendments made to Cayman’s Traffic Law.
Of the 665 total respondents, 362 of them – 54.4 per cent – thought the ban on handheld cell phones was the most needed change.
“[Cell phones are] one of the reasons for careless driving,” said one person. “I reside in Cayman Brac and comparing Grand Cayman chaos to Miami, New York and even Los Angeles, all of where I’ve also lived, Grand Cayman is by far the absolute worst.”
“The amount of people driving dangerously because they are too busy yapping on their cell phone is ridiculous here,” said someone else.
“All the changes were needed, but you can tell when drivers are on phone by erratic behaviour or slowing up for no reason when call comes in,” said another person.
“Now let’s hope the ban is enforced,” commented on person.
Another 121 people – 18.2 per cent – said making careless driving a crime was the most important change to the Traffic Law.
“Using a cell phone while driving falls under this heading,” said some person.
“Professional drivers or drivers of any type of commercial vehicle should not be allowed to pass other vehicles, speed, etc,” said someone else. “We all see them do it all the time.”
A new provision in the Traffic Law that allows electric cars was considered most important by 77 people – 11.6 per cent.
“There is no good reason not to allow them,” said one person. “They are perfect for a small place like the Cayman Islands.”
“Thanks cayCompass; this poll requires thinking,” said someone else.
Fifty-nine people – 8.9 per cent – said the outlawing of wheel clamping was the most important change made to the Traffic Law.
“I feel that parking should be allowed at any business after they are closed for the day,” said one person.
“The cell phone ban is nuts,” said someone else.
Another 46 people – 6.9 per cent – said the requirement for driver’s licence testing for foreigners was the most needed change, although none of those respondents left a comment.
Some respondents said they thought all of the changes were needed and some suggested other changes to the Traffic Law.
“Tailgating is not on the list, but way too many people drive way too close to the car in front,” said one person. “Taxis are the worst culprits. And going through a red light – I see cars go through the red arrow on West Bay Road daily. Red means stop.”
One person was surprised to learn there had been amendments to the Traffic Law.
“Did they ban using cell phones? News to me!”
Next week’s poll question
Do you support the government’s choice of China Harbour Engineering Company to build the cruise ship berthing facility?
It depends on the final terms of the deal
It depends on whether the company stays on the Island afterwards
I don’t know.