Speeding can kill, says RCIPS

| 09/09/2009

(CNS): Police West Bay are emphasising the life threatening dangers of speeding and warning people to slow down on the roads after 23 drivers were caught travelling above the speed limit over a two day period. “Drivers need to slow down on our roads,” said Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. “Driving above the speed limit puts lives at risk. Imagine that you turn a bend and there is a child in the road. Would you be able to stop? If you are driving too fast you probably wouldn’t.”

One person was also caught driving under the influence of alcohol and 9 traffic tickets were issued between 6 and 8 September, police said.

An RCIPS release said officers would continue to target drivers who put themselves and others at risk and warned that it is only a matter of time before reckless drivers get caught. “It has been pleasing to see that back to school road safety operations have so far gone well and we want to keep it that way,” said Chief Inspector Howell.

Howell also sent a warning to bus drivers who have been seen racing each other to pick up passengers. “This is extremely dangerous and must stop,” she said. “I encourage bus drivers to remember that they have been issued with a license and that they are entrusted with people’s lives. If we catch bus drivers doing this they will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.”

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    HELLLOOO.  I guess the bus drivers haven’t read this article as of yet.  One just passed me on WB Road, SPEEDING in the middle lane.  By the way, his sticker on the bus was a yellow circle with WB1.  Anyone know who drives it or his boss???  THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well neither have the 18 wheeler truck drivers. 

      Just this evening (6:35pm) I was at the Compass Centre stoplight facing north in the right turning lane to go towards the airport.  I had oncoming traffic so I could not make the turn. I observed an 18 wheeler truck with trailer in tow (no container) coming towards me, to make a right hand turn to go towards George Town.  The light changes to yellow, the truck driver changes gears and without slowing down barrels through the intersection on a red light, making the right turn towards town. It happened to be a Port Authority vehicle.  I am just thankful that the trailer did not jack-knife.  It would have been a mess. Unfortunately I was unable to get the license number.





  2. Richard Wadd says:

     Speed dosn’t kill, it’s the ‘Sudden-stop’ that kills.

    The entire system for the Awarding and Renewal of a Driver’s License needs an URGENT overhaul.

    The Tests are inadequate, un-realistic, and lack substance. The standards NEED to be raised much higher.

    DL holders should also be re-Tested at set intervals when re-newing their DL’s. ex. MANY drivers in these islands have no clue how to use a round-a-bout, or what ‘Give Way’ means.

    License holders from Jamaica (for example) should be made to sit a Test BEFORE being issued with a Cayman DL.

    a/. Not all of the rules here are the same as in other Countries (ex. who has the ‘right-of-way’).

    b/.( I make no appology for the following statement as I know first hand that it IS true ) The majority of DL issued in Jamaica are ‘Bought’ illegally. Many driver’s from Jamaica cannot even read (there have been several cases in the Jamaican press over the years).

    Road Safety begins with Driver Education FIRST ! 

    • A. Mullings says:

      You’re comments are rude and discriminatory. Yes we will agree that people can buy DL in jamaica. They can also buy them in Fla. and we have seen in the pass were the Filipinos have been arrested for the DL offences. Talk what you know and not what you hear.

  3. Wow says:

    And the award for stating the bleedin’ obvious goes to . . . .

  4. Any says:

    In other news : Guns can kill, too!

    In all seriousness I believe police should ride a bus once and see all the foolishness these drivers do, endangering our lives, if you’ve ever driven behind a bus you know what I’m talking about.

  5. Anon says:

    Good to see the "professional" drivers being targeted as well. Sorry to say I have witnessed far too many bus drivers and taxi drivers driving badly.

    They are supposed to be the professional ones on the road.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Too true, I agree with that. The amount of times I have seen collisions and near collisions involving buses and taxis because they don’t use indicators, they talk constantly on their phones, steering with one hand and start stop without any warning to pick up/drop off.

      I’ve been in buses and honestly feared for my life when the driver is racing another bus, whilst on the phone and eating chips from a bag on his lap.

      Throw them a few steep fines and take away some licences. Or on second thoughts hold a compulsory training program and examination for large passenger vehicle drivers.

      Maybe they should focus on caymanian mini-truck drivers, the majority of whom are drunk, then on the 4X4 who pay more attention to the phone than the road.