Editorial for 03 October: Know the code of the road

Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.

Keep that in mind as you debate whether to read the newly
released Road Code for the Cayman Islands.

It’s chock-full of information about the revised Traffic Law
and how to navigate things like roundabouts, what to do in the case of an
accident and how to transport animals.

While everything in the code is important, one of the facts
it stresses and reinforces is the requirement of drivers of motor vehicles to
pull over or otherwise make way for emergency vehicles.

Too many times we have seen ambulances, fire trucks and
police cars attempt to get to a scene of an accident, fire or crime only to be
hindered by drivers who refuse to pull over to allow them passage.

When you do pull over, you have to come to a complete stop,
not just roll slowly as the emergency vehicle manoeuvres to the scene.

We also know of many situations when drivers refuse to dim
their bright lights as another vehicle approaches at night. The code defines
night as 30 minutes after sunset up through 30 minutes before sunrise. It also
speaks to drivers who flash their lights; don’t do it unless you are letting
other road users know you are there. The Road Code says flashing lights to pass
along a message or intimidate other road users is strictly prohibited.

The code isn’t just for those who drive motorised vehicles.

Cyclists too need to get the code and ensure they are
properly using the roadways in the Cayman Islands. They are reminded to wear a
helmet and keep both hands on the handlebars. Cyclists, especially those on the
roads at night (see the definition above), should have proper reflective lights
and must be visible up to 50 yards. We would like to request that all cyclists
travelling at night – whether training for a race or racing to get to work –
wear light coloured clothing and stay far to the left. Cyclists who ride in the
middle of the traffic lane or, worse, ride on the wrong side of the road are a
hazard to themselves and others.

Take some time out to familiarise yourself with the Road
Code. As the saying goes, the life you save may be your own.



  1. Today’s Editorial makes a very good observation and also offers up pertinent advice to both motorists and cyclists as well.

    Far too often we have witnessed some motorists who simply refuse to pull over as far as possible and come to a complete stop thereby making adequate room for emergency vehicles to continue on their way. Perhaps the reluctance by these motorists stems from their feeling of annoyance or just I hate this inconvenience attitude.

    Cyclists should never think that they are exempt from the road code and rules of the road because they are not operating a motor vehicle as such. It doesn’t take much for a cyclist to get hurt because he has absolutely no protection either above or around him as a motor vehicle offers.

    Failure to read and familiarise oneself with the Road Code can lead to more accidents on the roads.

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