Road safety examined in new documentary

Following one of the deadliest years on Cayman’s roads, a new documentary is shedding light on the issue of road safety in the Cayman Islands. 

Cayman 27 has partnered with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to produce the 30-minute documentary, called “Road Impact: Cayman Islands,” which aims to improve road safety and prevent the tragic accidents in which individuals can be seriously injured or killed. 

So far this year, there have been 12 traffic accident-related fatalities in Cayman – one of the worst years on record. 

According to police traffic data, in the first six months of 2015. there were 462 traffic accidents, 50 people were arrested for driving under the influence, and 593 people were cited for speeding. 

The short film’s release was timed to coincide with RCIPS’s Holiday Safety Initiative, which began this week. The initiative focuses on improving road safety over the holiday season, which is often a particularly dangerous time on the roads. 

“The documentary looks at the causes of road crashes and the impact they have on the lives of people involved in them and the wider community,” said RCIPS Public Relations Officer Jacqueline Carpenter in a press release. 

The film, which was produced and shot in Cayman, features interviews with individuals whose lives were irrevocably altered by road accidents, including many family members of people who have been killed on Cayman’s streets. It also includes interviews with medical professionals and first responders. 

The film, which first aired on Cayman 27 last week, is now available to watch online on YouTube. 

This crash on Shamrock Road, that claimed the life of mother-of-four Rowena Scott on March 11, was one of 12 fatal road accidents in Cayman this year. - PHOTO: BRENT FULLER

This crash on Shamrock Road, that claimed the life of mother-of-four Rowena Scott on March 11, was one of 12 fatal road accidents in Cayman this year. – PHOTO: BRENT FULLER


  1. I can remember when the roads were not that good, and you hardly heard of road fatality in Cayman. What are we doing wrong, now that we have better roads, and a road fatality every month ? I hope that this documentary answer this question and solve the problem.

  2. This documentary will not solve any problems.

    2015, most cars bristle with safety features, including many older models. The weak point is the dummy behind the wheel. The humble seatbelt, in use for many decades, and responsible for saving many lives, is seen as optional here.

    Indicators/turn signals – seemingly optional.
    Tread on tires – seemingly optional.
    Cars being driven in post-crash states – seemingly mandatory.
    People in flowing traffic overtaking others recklessly for the sake of approximately 0.7 seconds – mandatory.
    Drink driving – no comment is even needed here.

    Some of the roads designs and cambers/surfaces are atrocious, but as we all know this, we should be driving accordingly.

    Law enforcement of current rules would be great, but that isn’t going to happen. Why spend a few dollars on a pretty much self-financing division, when we can just spend millions of dollars investigating fatal crashes instead. Face palm.

  3. I’m in total agreement with you Jenny, Especially after being nearly killed several times on our roads due to negligent drivers.

    I’m at the point where almost nobody on this island can drive properly.

    Also its very nerve wrecking to have a Dumptruck tailgate you and then overtake you going over 50 mph when you are going the speed limit.

    Just to give you another example of what I’ve been through and witnessed.

  4. Jenny, Jeremy
    You have that right.

    Just last weekend we were on our Sunday morning bike ride. We were almost at the roundabout on the bypass when we were forced off the road by an empty tourist bus going so fast round the roundabout that it was almost tipping over.

    MOST drivers are polite and will stop for pedestrians and cars trying to join traffic.

    Some seem to have a death wish, no patience and drive as if they are desperate to reach a bathroom!

  5. @ Norman Linton
    I think the only way to fight back is to use cameras to record reckless driving. There are bike cameras, helmet cameras and dashboard cameras available at a reasonable price. Nothing else will stop them but a fear of being recorded.

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