More than 30 per cent of the respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll did not know which vehicles have the right of way on one of Cayman’s roundabouts.
Of the 722 respondents, only 503 – 69.7 per cent – knew that the vehicle in a roundabout approaching from the right has the right of way.
“The lack of understanding about how to negotiate a roundabout here is appalling,” said one person. “There should be warning side saying “Enter at your own risk” before every one.”
“Never mind about right-of way rule, people need to learn how use roundabout properly,” said someone else. “Here is the second worst country in world after France for driving roundabouts.”
“Currently showing around 30 per cent wrong,” said another person. “I’m surprised it’s not higher. It would help if some mini roundabouts were clearer, especially at end of Dump Road.”
Some people took objection to the wording of the poll.
“To get a correct answer, you need to clarify if the person is entering a roundabout or already in the roundabout,” said one person.
“Doesn’t it depend on whether I am waiting to get onto the roundabout or whether I am already in it,” asked someone else.
“One gives way to oncoming traffic that has left the junction, coming from the right, so none of the above is technically correct,” said another respondent.
Another large segment of respondents – 97 people or 13.4 per cent – vehicle that arrives at the junction first has the right of way and 74 people – 10.3 per cent – thought the vehicle on the left had the right of way. Sixteen people – 2.2 per cent – said whichever vehicle was largest had the right of way, while 32 people – 4.4 per cent – admitted they had no idea.
“I do,” said one person.
“Right of way to do what? Enter/Exit? One lane/two lanes?” commented someone else.
“Does it matter? asked another person. “Few people know how to drive on the Island anyway.”
“I really think Caymanians should have the right of way,” commented one respondent. “It’s just wrong for expats to get everything their way.”
Next week’s poll question
How much confidence do you have that the results of the upcoming election will correct the problems currently facing the Cayman Islands?
None at all
I don’t know