Editorial for 28 December: Take it slow this weekend

We’re embarking on an extremely busy weekend.

We hope that everyone remembers to take care while crowding
the roads.

Although Christmas Day if over, we should still be focused
on the season, why we celebrate it and how we can treat each other better.

This especially goes for the drivers on Cayman’s roadways.

Some drivers’ behaviours are downright deplorable. We still
see too many examples of bad driving.

Gone are the days of laid back Cayman Islands where no one
got in too big of a hurry to get from one place to another and just about
everyone was courteous.

Driving on the roadways of the Cayman Islands – especially
Grand Cayman – can be dangerous.

It can be an absolutely horrifying experience and those who
make it to their destinations safely can be overwhelmed with a sense of relief.

Remember the old adage – action speaks louder than words.

Those who practice bad behaviour on the roadways are showing
their true character and utter disregard for their fellow man.

If you’re rude to someone on the roads, how are you treating
those at home who you profess to care for and love?

There’s no reason for speeding unless you’re in an ambulance
on your way to hospital.

And weaving in and out of traffic, illegally overtaking and
tailgating are just plain rude.

When you see that you don’t need to speed, overtake or
generally be a bad driver, it will be easier to exercise care and caution on a
daily basis.

We have a vast population of people here from other
countries.

Many of them have inherited bad driving habits with them.

Instead of picking up on those bad habits and employing
them, we should be encouraging them to practice the old Caymanian ways of being
genteel and considerate of others while using the public roadways.

If we start practicing now, maybe we can carry our good
driving habits into the New Year.

 

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