Editorial for 30 December: Have a safe, happy New Year


We are starting a new year Sunday with some pretty grim

We have had eight road deaths this year, with a few of them
happening in the past month.

And as of Wednesday, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
was reporting that between 28 November and 28 December 44 people had been
arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol; a figure that
has been steadily rising since 2009.

RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell was right when she
told the Caymanian Compass that the number of people arrested on suspicion of
DUI is deplorable and makes a sad indictment on the behaviour of the drivers on
our roadways.

Police have also seen an uptick in the number of vehicle
accidents during the holiday period. And we’re still looking at a long weekend
ahead of us when people will continue to party with booze to celebrate the
incoming year.

Drivers continue to be distracted, ignore speed limits,
tailgate and some are ignoring the law about drinking alcohol and driving. It
all makes for a bad and dangerous recipe for disaster.

New Year’s Eve is a time to let go of the old and embrace
the new.

It is our hope that those who do partake of alcohol during
this long holiday period will be responsible and take a taxi or get a
designated driver who isn’t going to drink anything stronger than a soda – at
least 19 establishments are going to let designated drivers drink their
non-alcoholic beverages for free.

Or take advantage of one of the eight Purple Ribbon buses
that will begin operating at 10pm Saturday and run continuously until 3am
Sunday. The buses will pick up passengers at all major restaurants, bars, night
clubs and bus stops along their routes, which this year will also operate to
and from North Side and East End as well as the rest of Grand Cayman. There is
no reason to drink and drive in the Cayman Islands and there is no reason to
put others in danger by doing so.

The management and staff of Cayman Free Press wish all a happy
and safe New Year.




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