Traffic incidents decline in 2012

The number of fatal traffic accidents in the Cayman Islands, as well as the total number of crashes along the local roadways, declined last year, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.  

In addition, the number of auto-pedestrian accidents in Cayman dropped sharply to the lowest level seen in the past five years.  

According to accident records included in the government’s annual Compendium of Statistics, there were 1,072 total accidents in the Cayman Islands, involving 1,204 vehicles.  

Between 2008 and 2011, Cayman averaged nearly 1,450 accidents a year. The average accidents per 1,000 vehicles for 2012 came to 32. Previously, that figure had hovered somewhere around 42.  

The vast majority of crashes happened in Grand Cayman’s largest and most-travelled district, George Town. However, in 2012, there were just 712 vehicle accidents, compared to 2011 when more than 1,000 crashes occurred in Cayman’s capital.  

Accidents along the West Bay Road corridor also went dramatically down in 2012, with just 83. Grand Cayman’s main tourism corridor was averaging around 185 car accidents a year between 2008 and 2010.  

Fatal car accidents hit their lowest level in the past four years during 2012. Five people died in local road accidents last year, compared to 10 in 2011 and seven in 2010. Also, pedestrians were hit at a much lower rate last year, with a reported three accidents involving cars and pedestrians for all of 2012. There were 14 auto-pedestrian wrecks in 2011.  

One cause for concern in the accidents for 2012 was the number of serious injuries from the crashes. There were 40 people seriously injured in 2012 in vehicle accidents, compared to just 18 in 2011 and 22 in 2010. 

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Accidents like this fatal auto-pedestrian crash in March 2012 were rare in the Cayman Islands last year, according to government records. – Photo: File
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