How do you spell confusion when talking about driving? A six-letter word spelled, “D-A-N-G-E-R.”
In recent months, we have seen a proliferation of dangerous road signs erected by the National Roads Authority. You would be mistaken if you thought that an organization such as the NRA would comply with international laws. The Geneva Convention on Roads is quite specific in that road signs should follow the same style or pattern. Either we must continue using the British style or change them all to American. Pick and mix is not allowed.
A few years ago when the yellow American style of school warning signs were erected, it appeared to be a good idea as it distinguished these from every other road sign.
We now have a complete medley of pedestrian crossing patterns. If you want to see confusion, drive on the West Bay Road or the bypass adjacent to Camana Bay. There is no need to describe this craziness as it is self-evident.
Unless the local and tourist drivers know what these signs mean, then we are setting ourselves up for accidents.
Now, think of the simpler American-style pedestrian crossings in George Town. Some have been there for a time. Two lines painted on the road surface about 6 feet apart do nothing but cause confusion, especially if, in addition, there are white stop lines.
Near the harbor, pedestrian crossings of differing style are within 50 yards of each other. If a pedestrian was knocked over and injured, and the driver taken to court, a defense lawyer would have an easy job to have the case thrown out.
What defines a pedestrian crossing? Black and white “zebra” broad lines on the road, a black and white pole beside it, crowned with an orange ball? In Cayman, one wonders.
Have any of the pedestrian crossings ever been gazetted? So, are these unlawful?