New sign warns to ‘watch for motorcycles’ at site of fatal accident

Members of the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association, Lions Club, National Roads Authority and the police pose with the new sign on South Church Street. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

A National Roads Authority crew installed a new sign on South Church Street Tuesday warning drivers to “watch for motorcycles” as they head into George Town.

The sign, which the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association and the Lions Club have been planning for a year, went up in almost the exact spot where last month Randy Johnson, 62, was hit by an SUV and killed while he was riding his motorcycle.

The Lions Club and the Riders Association, with the help of the NRA, are installing 10 of the new yellow road signs along the roads as they enter each of Grand Cayman’s districts.

Members of both clubs and the police’s traffic inspector joined an NRA crew to install the first sign on South Church Street on the way into central George Town from South Sound.

Keith Keller, with the Motorcycle Riders Association, said, “People in cars might look for other cars, but not a motorcycle when they are pulling out of their driveways or into the road.”

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Traffic Inspector Ian Yearwood, on hand for the installation, said, “It’s ironic that the sign is right here. A couple of weeks ago we had a fatal accident right here with a motorcycle.”

Mr. Yearwood declined to comment further on the incident that killed Mr. Johnson, a Canadian citizen, on the morning of Sept. 19.

Lions President Tannya Mortimer said the club has a long history with the Riders Association, which collects toys for children in need for the Lions’ annual Christmas toy drive.

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  1. Unfortunately in a battle between a car and a motorcycle the motorcycle always loses.

    The problem is made worse by crazy young people on motorbikes who seem to have a death wish. Or think they are indestructible.

    But the fault is certainly not all the motor-bikers. I don’t ride a motorbike but do enjoy a cycle ride for exercise. It is amazing how close some drivers come and how impatient they are to get past.
    Cars should give cyclists 6 feet of space when passing, so if they do fall off their bikes they won’t fall under your tires. Do you really want to be responsible for someone’s death?
    And yes we are going as fast as we can.