Normally when you think about an upcoming holiday season you
consider all of the festive events, sparkling lights and camaraderie among
friends and relatives.
In the newsroom at the Caymanian Compass – and we would bet
in the Traffic Division of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service – we dread
the thought of the number of deadly car crashes we will have to report on
between now and the end of the year.
It seems inevitable that each year from October to the end
of December we are witness to too many horrific vehicle crashes on our
The fourth death on the roadways of the Cayman Islands for
this year happened early Tuesday morning.
We are saddened that someone’s mother, sister, aunt,
daughter, wife was taken in such a violent way and won’t be here to celebrate
the upcoming season of happiness with her family.
While we don’t know all of the details surrounding the
crash, we do know that it occurred on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, which has
been the scene of several deadly accidents over the years.
One of the major problems on our roadways is speeding.
Another is tailgating and overtaking.
Both can lead to death.
Throw alcohol into those two bad driving habits and your
chances of dying or causing the death of someone else increases dramatically.
Cayman Free Press has, in the past, called on government to
do something about the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.
What’s it going to take to make drivers in Cayman,
especially Grand Cayman, slow down and resist the urge to overtake?
Our roads weren’t designed for overtaking – not even the
Esterley Tibbetts Highway, which has been the scene of more deadly accidents
than we care to recount since it first opened.
We implore government and police to make the entire Esterley
Tibbetts Highway a no pass zone. Those who do overtake in a no pass zone should
have their licence stripped from them and banished from driving on our
roadways. It’s time for something to be done once and for all to help save