Crash shuts down Linford Pierson Highway

Updated: A section of the Linford Pierson Highway in George Town that closed Wednesday morning because of a wreck that hospitalised two people has now re-opened, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said.

According to police, two men who in a Honda Civic that left the road way around 2.20am were hospitalised. The driver, 26, was listed in serious condition and the 24-year-old passenger was listed in stable condition.

Police said the white Civic ran off the road and collided with a tree near the riding stables.

Royal Cayman Islands Police closed a section of a busy George Town thoroughfare early Wednesday to investigate a car accident. The Linford Pierson was closed between Lyndhurst Road and Agnes Way

Police officers were scouring the road just east of where the crash occurred just after dawn Wednesday.

There was no immediate word on what led to the wreck.

DUI arrests continue to rise

More than 40 people have been locked up on suspicion of drink driving since the start of this year’s festive safety campaign by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

A total of 44 arrests for DUI have been made since the start of the RCIPS Operation Christmas Cracker in late November.

“Forty-four people who thought that the traffic Law did not apply to them are facing court in the New Year,” said RCIPS Chief inspector Angelique Howell. “We have already locked up more people this year for DUI than we did during the complete safety campaign period last year. The figure is deplorable and a sad indictment on the behavior of drivers in the Cayman Islands.

“New Year’s Eve will soon be here and again people will be attending parties, or drinking in their homes. Once again we will be targeting drink drivers and taking those selfish and irresponsible people who continue to put their own lives and the lives of other road users at risk, off the streets. So if you really want to have a happy and safe New Year take a cab, designate a driver or use the National Drug Council purple ribbon bus.”

 

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The car crash that closed off the Linford Pierson Highway early Wednesday.
Photo: Brent Fuller

1 COMMENT

  1. BTW, is the new edition of Traffic Law has the same norms for alcohol as the previous one?

    Quote:
    prescribed limit means, as the case may require-
    (a) one tenth of one per cent weight/volume blood/alcohol concentration on a reading of an alcohol-in-breath measuring device;
    (b) one hundred milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of blood; or
    (c) one hundred and thirty-four milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of urine,

    If this is the case, then limit is pretty high. Higher then in most countries. For an average male (depending on weight) even drinking 200g of rum will not get you above these limits. This is considered light intoxication.

    Are those 40 people were even more drunk than that????

    I am not saying that there is legal limit of drinking driving – no, the prescribed amount exists only to avoid false-positive tests. But it is set high, I would say higher then seems logical.

  2. Perhaps if the police enforced some kind of resemblance of traffic laws during the day, people would not be so inclined to drive so recklessly at night. There are no traffic laws in Cayman during the day, and speeding is not enforced. At 6am there are people driving 60 MPH down West Bay Road and the police don’t care.

  3. The current 100mg (BAC 0.10) limit is based on the old US limit and that has been replaced by 80mg (BAC 0.08) because crash stats determined it was too high.

    The UK uses the 80mg standard but most of Europe uses much lower limits. 50mg is the standard but there are countries who run much lower limits including zero tolerance.

    Blood alcohol calculations are not an exact science but to hit the 100mg limit a 180-200lbs male needs to drink somewhat more than a six-pack of beer or 3/4 bottle of wine and that’s too much.

    The Caymans Islands currently has one of, if not the, highest legal tolerances of drink driving in the world. The UK is arguing over adopting the 50mg limit (it won’t happen) but the Cayman Islands needs to consider getting in line with the rest of the world by going to the 80mg limit and the CoP should be pushing for that right now rather than ranting on a about drug wars.

  4. 2 John Evans:

    Thanks for clarifying, especially on explanation where it came from. Back home in my country there was 40mg limit currently being changed to 0 mg.

    But 0 mg doesn’t allow for even such small amounts of alcohol as contained in spirit-based medicines, or in some milk based products.

    So 0 mg is just unfair. But 100 mg is just too much. There should be something in between. Or at least some cayman based research providing that 100mg is OK for Cayman (if 80mg is deemed ok for US, with their much more complex and speedy roads, maybe 100mg is OK for Cayman. Maybe.)