Police report 26 traffic accidents over weekend

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported 26 accidents occurring on Cayman Islands roads over the three-day period between Friday and Sunday.

The average of between eight and nine accidents per day over the three days is nearly three times the rate vehicle crashes normally occur in Cayman, when compared to police traffic statistics from 2015 and 2016.

Cayman normally sees between two and four accidents each day, police records over the past two years indicate.

Six of the crashes between Friday and Sunday involved injuries.

“Despite the fact that fewer people are on island at this time of year, we are still seeing a number of serious accidents,” said Sgt. Lenford Butler of the RCIPS Traffic Management Unit, “While none of these have resulted in life-threatening injuries, there is still an alarming trend of drivers continuing to allow either alcohol or impatience to impair their judgment behind the wheel.

“All of us have a duty to keep our roads safe, including passengers, who can often influence what is happening in a vehicle, and also regularly suffer serious injuries when accidents occur.”

Police provided details of some of the vehicle accidents that occurred between Friday and Sunday:

  • 8 p.m. Friday – A white truck strikes a grey Kia on Town Hall Drive in West Bay and leaves the scene. The Kia’s driver pursues the truck to the South Sound cemetery, losing sight of the truck at that point
  • 9 p.m. Friday – A crash on Crewe Road between a Toyota and an Isuzu truck ended with the truck rolling over, ending up on its side. A man and a woman in the truck were taken to hospital with minor injuries
  • 5 a.m. Saturday – A Honda Civic runs off the road into the bushes on Homestead Crescent in Bodden Town. The driver was found outside the car, bleeding. He was hospitalized in stable condition
  • 2 a.m. Sunday – A speeding Honda Accord crashes on Sparkys Drive in George Town. Police said another car was in the area when the crash occurred, implying the two vehicles were racing. Two men believed to have been in the Honda when it wrecked showed up at the Cayman Islands Hospital later in the morning
  • 4:30 p.m. Sunday – On North Side Road, a Kia overtaking another vehicle heading in the direction of Rum Point lost control and ran into a coconut tree. The Kia driver suffered minor injuries.
  • 9 p.m. Sunday – A Suzuki Vitara overtaking a truck that had stopped on Shamrock Road in Bodden Town collided with a Honda coming in the opposite direction. Both the driver and the passenger in the Honda were taken to hospital. The Suzuki’s driver was arrested for various traffic offenses, including driving with an expired license.
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  1. There are some interesting comparison statistics one can find:
    Accidents Casualties and Safety (http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/reported-road-casualties-gb-annual-report-2015)

    For 2015 there were 28 total road deaths in the UK per million population.

    By comparison for the same year:
    Cyprus had 67, France had 52, Greece had 74 and the USA had 119.
    The USA have by far the most deaths per million of population.

    How does that compare with our beautiful islands?
    If we take a population of 60,000 then we should have no more that 1.6 road deaths per year to equal the UK.

    On the other hand if the road death rate in the USA is acceptable then it would be 7.1.

    According to the Cayman Islands Compendium of Statistics, for 2013 (latest year I could find) there were 6 road deaths.

    http://www.eso.ky/UserFiles/right_page_docums/files/uploads/cayman_islands_compendium_of_statistics_-2.pdf

    So, at least in 2013, much worse than one would expect compared to the UK but better than the USA.

    But we don’t have fog, snow or icy roads.
    We DO seem to have too many drivers who don’t know how to drive properly. And it appears too many cars that should not be on the road.

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  2. Good point Mr Linton I agree with you . If Government don’t take some drastic measures to the change all of the bad drivers on the roads , the road death rate is going to surpass the US and UK . I think that a new traffic Law would fix the problem , two driving violations offences and you have to take a new driving test , and if you continue to drive and not take the driving test , then Prison no questions asked .

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