Road users invited to Drive Cayman

Huldah Avenue closed Sunday for driving skills demonstrations and displays

Streetskill and the Cayman Motorsports Association are combining resources to host Drive Cayman on Sunday, Nov. 24, and organizers invite all road users to attend.

The venue is Huldah Avenue between Smith Road and the Cayman National Bank roundabout; this road will be closed to traffic between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Huldah Avenue runs between the Credit Union and cricket field in George Town.

Activities include obstacle courses and a special booth at which individuals can try on impairment goggles – eye glasses that simulate the effect of alcohol consumption. Plans are being finalized to showcase classic and vintage cars and motorcycles.

Drive Cayman takes place from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free, the food is free and the learning experiences are free. Organizers say the events should appeal to every road user – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers.

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, representing the Streetskill Committee, is encouraging as many people as possible to come out. “It promises to be a great combination of fun and learning for all ages,” she said. “We hope it will have a huge impact on how people behave on the roads and that everyone will go away having learned something new that day. Of course, our priority is to ensure that people go away with one main thought in their mind – and that’s that they all have a significant part to play in making Cayman’s roads safe.“

A memorial wall will be unveiled at the event. Anyone who wants to pay their respects to those who have lost their lives on Cayman’s roads is invited to come out and contribute to the memorial.

Before Drive Cayman gets started, the Cayman Motorsports Association will hold the Al and Jay Bodden Memorial Time Attack on Huldah Avenue from 8 a.m. Racers are asked to register at Automotive Art, 7 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 22. Race fee is $75 and there is a requirement for minimum previous races.

The STREETSKILL initiative was launched in May 2006 by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the National Roads Authority, the Cayman Islands Road Safety Advisory Council and Government Information Services. Its mission is to improve road safety, reduce incidents and reinforce safe practices for all road users in the Cayman Islands.