Driving in the Cayman Islands can be hazardous , gridlocked and stressful . Many households have more than one vehicle which adds to congestion and the incidents of motorists being distracted using their phones is on the increase. The Cayman Reporter asked the public what they th ought should be done about these issues.
What do you think of the state of driving?
Chris Carpenter: “Traffic here is horrible. But what really annoys me is the amount of trash people toss from their cars. It’s like they have no pride in where they live. A lot of the problems are caused by motorcycles doing wheelies along the road making it dangerous for everyone else.”
Horacio Esteban: “The standard of driving is declining for sure. I think people are stressed in their jobs and their lives and this is reflected on the roads. Stress dictates who we are.”
Jackie Powell: “I think driving is reckless at times. People don’t pay attention when overtaking or changing lanes. Speed cameras could work, not only to catch the culprits but also to bring in revenue for the country.”
Annette O’Brien: “We need a greater police presence definitely. In the last month alone I’ve seen at least 10 incidents on the roads that could have caused serious accidents. I live on Shamrock Road and motorists drive far too fast along it.” Credit: Paul Kennedy
Meg Nissan: “I’ve noticed it’s gone crazy. Speeding particularly and lots of people not observing the rules of the road. My car was hit only recently by a bus.”
Carlo Barredo: “People could certainly drive better. Everybody needs to comply with the rules of the road. I’m not worried about my driving at all. It’s other people’s driving that worries me.”
Jodie McFarland: “I’ve just noticed so many more cars on the road and more cars mean more accidents. I know in Bermuda it’s restricted to one car per household. Maybe it’s time to think about something similar here.”
Estella Shardlow: “I feel people are far more careless here on the roads. Especially in comparison to the United Kingdom. Speed cameras would work here but the problem is not just speeding but lack of signalling.”
Cora-Anne Mann: “It’s appalling. People have no regard for the rules of the road. They could start by looking at the standard of the driving test. It needs to be much tougher. Speed cameras would be a good way of catching the culprits.”
Lisa Crisp: “I think a lot of motorists are reckless and I wonder where they got their licence from in the first place. Speed cameras would be a great thing because the eyes can’t see everything.”