Editorial for 7 December: Holiday DUIs are rolling in

If you haven’t seen members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service out in force on the streets of Grand Cayman, you haven’t been out much.

RCIPS launched its Stay Alive Christmas road safety campaign last Friday. Since then, seven people have been arrested for driving under the influence.

While road safety is something we should all be concerned with year-round, it becomes a predominate issue during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

Folks imbibe more while holiday merrymaking and instead of making responsible decisions to call for a hire car or have a designated driver on hand, they choose to get behind the wheel of a moving vehicle themselves.

Too many Christmas and holiday seasons have passed in the Cayman Islands in which we have been witness to careless deaths of innocent people at the hands of those who choose to drink alcohol and drive.

While choosing to drink alcohol to relieve life pressures might not be a wise medical choice, it is a personal decision that individuals should be allowed to make, but drinking and driving is not. It causes imminent and unwarranted danger not only to the driver, but to others as well.

In addition to drinking and driving, other drivers have been cited for not wearing seatbelts, using their cell phones while driving and other traffic offenses.

The Traffic Law came into effect this year and police officers are using it to enforce the rules of the road.

If you haven’t yet gotten a hands-free device for your vehicle so that you can drive while talking without touching your phone, put one on your Christmas wish list.

In the meantime, if you must talk on your telephone while you are driving, pull off the road and commence with your conversation. But by all means, if you are going to do this, pull all the way off the road; don’t just stop in front of the person behind you. We have seen this rude behaviour demonstrated by drivers in all types of vehicles throughout Grand Cayman.

If you are doing this, you are breaking the law by obstructing traffic. It’s still best to shut up and drive.

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  1. Here we go again. Yes, the Christmas and New Year holiday season is here and so are the irresponsible motorists who have absolutely neither respect nor regard for other users of the road – not even themselves.

    How many times everyone is warned and reminded about the dangers and serious consequences of driving while under the influence.

    There is a saying here in New York which states, friends don’t let friends drive while under the influence. In some States those who serve alcoholic beverages at private parties, bars, restaurants, hotels and the like, are held accountable (under law) if one of the guests become drunk and drive after leaving the event.

    Maybe Cayman should consider doing something like that in an effort to reduce DUI cases. Obviously, if a person boozes up privately on their own, it would just be themselves to blame.

    Also, there are those who will continue to use handheld cell phones and fail to wear seat belts while driving. How lawless can some people be.

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