Suspect drunk drivers cause multiple car pile-ups

| 15/05/2017 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Two women have been arrested on suspicion of DUI following two separate and unrelated major crashes in George Town this weekend in which the drivers caused multiple car pile-ups. The first happened on Saturday night at around 9:30pm on South Church Street and Boilers Road and the second at around 11pm on Sunday night along the Linford Pierson Highway near the Kings Sport Centre roundabout. Everyone involved in the crashes was taken to hospital but no one was seriously hurt and they have all since been released.

In Saturday’s pile-up, three cars were involved when a 37-year-old woman driving a Nissan Xterra SUV crossed the centre line and collided with a Hyundai Lio travelling in the opposite direction, which also collided with a Honda Civic. The Cayman Islands Fire Service averted a fire in the Hyundai, the engine of which was smoking in the wake of the collision.

In the second major smash, a 33-year-old woman driving a blue Mercedes SLK on the Linford Pierson Highway at around 11pm also crossed on to the wrong side of the road and hit a Hyundai Tucson, which led to a Kia and a Mitsubishi all being involved in the pile-up and receiving major damage.

Both of the arrested female drivers have since been bailed, police said Monday.

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  1. Concerned reader says:

    women drivers, am i right? hehe

  2. Anonymous says:

    proper and consistent bus system. cheaper than building roads and better to rely on that your drunk friend. the government makes too much money from the duty of all the new cars and fining drunk drivers it won’t change. we’re all adults… let’s not blame the roads here.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Honestly, there is no police presence on the roads! None! It does seem like the new Commissioner is trying his best but there needs to be a “shock and awe” immediate aggressive enforcement.

  4. Anon says:

    So….are we willing to talk about the elephant in the room yet?


    No-one wants to be the first one up to say it; alcohol is a serious issue in this Country.

    How many lives have been lost, innocent and guilty alike to drinking and driving as well as other situations involving alcohol where persons ended up missing. I.E. teacher who went missing off Calico Jacks several years ago; he was wasted.


    So, yes, we need to talk; it’s past the point of return folks.

    Now, who wants to give up drinking???? 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      I did a while ago, just as an experiment…. Feel better than I have in years and I didn’t drink that much!

  5. Member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. says:

    The NRA should be abolished and road works returned to PWD. If there was ever a case of ’empire-building’ it is the NRA.

  6. Hic says:

    Up there with highest number of fax machines per capita. Makes you proud to live on the island the magical man in the sky didn’t found upon the seas,

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it was a fun weekend for the idiot drivers…Saturday saw some idiots in some kind of parade on the ETH causing chaos and mayhem by driving slowly and stopping with no indication, including an open top truck with lots of people standing up in it…I don’t know if it was a funeral, a wedding, a church outing and election truck or what…it does not give you the right to drive stupidly. And thanks to the people who still have not learned that traffic on the roundabout has right of way…meaning you have to stop if you are entering the roundabout. 3 times this weekend I had to take evasive action at the Island Heritage roundabout because people just drove straight on, one without looking, one on the phone and looking but still drove on, and one big pick up truck who thought he could just because he was a big pick up truck. Come on RCIPS, one big blitz…send a message…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Long weekend, CAYMAS carnival going on and people drinking alcohol like it’s water.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How about a law (which should also be enforced) limiting the number of alcoholic beverages sold to each person at bars or restaurants. This will limit the profits of bars and restaurants, but will save the accidents and possibly lives. Alternatively, make it mandatory that after a certain number of drinks, a person should not be allowed to drive.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think as part of their punishment DUI convictions should include a Saturday Special.
    All convicted must meet at the courthouse in the morning and get on a open air trailer with a huge sign saying. We drove drunk now look at us. Then parade them up and down SMB so we can all learn a lesson. Or publish their mugshots on CNS and the Compass.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I had to take evasive defensive action 5 times with separate drunk driver vehicles in a short chaotic 3 mile drive to pick up some family dinner take out on Saturday evening. We really need the RCIPS to rapidly develop an awareness and sense of duty to curtail the heavy and dangerous drinking that regularly happens – esp on holiday and “pay day” weekends, often in broad daylight hours. For example, many beachside bar parking lots were clearly filled to capacity with bar patrons. How hard is it to put two and two together? I guess the prevailing assumption is that the drivers of these (hundred) vehicles were not drinking, which as we’ve seen (often tragically), couldn’t be more false. Either that, or some political figure has told the RCIPS not to enforce our DUI laws which should be a matter for the ACC to investigate with priority. My guess is that these bars would have a tough time reconciling their soda and non-alcohol sales to the drivers of the vehicles double parked in their lots.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not safe to be on the road after 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and brunch on Sundays.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not just the beachside bars. Try Mango Tree on any given weekend, including a taxi driver who seems to spend a lot of time there.

  12. Anonymous says:

    There should be a zero-tolerance on DUI. Offenders should be punished by loss of drivers license for 2-years and a BIG fine for the first offence. If an innocent party dies due to a person who drives over the limit, it should be considered involuntary manslaughter and they should stay a Her Majesty’s pleasure for a long time.

  13. Limit says:

    The laws are far too lenient for people who drink and drive. Firstly, the blood alcohol threshold needs to be reduced significantly. As it stands, the Cayman Islands has the highest blood alcohol concentration limit in the world.
    This certainly doesn’t send the right message.

    I’m of the opinion that if you’re found guilty of drunk driving, your license should be suspended a minimum of 5 years. The second offence should have your license revoked indefinitely.

    • Anonymous says:

      Laws are fine. It is missing enforcement.

      • Anonymous says:

        Worse, there is no negative social stigma against premeditated drunk driving during the course of a long boozey daytime, or nighttime session. Self-transport is still the socially accepted method for routinely scheduled or anticipated drunkenness. I’ve actually been in bars and restaurants that have “tipped” drunk patrons to the existence of roadblocks, given them updates on the progression of roadblock disbandment, and advised them (and continued to serve them) to stay and consume more until past closing. Shocking but true.

  14. Anonymous says:

    We need traffic enforcement on our shitty roads with idiot drivers. I would love to meet the fools who designed the roads and punch them in the face.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s probably drunk people who designed the roads as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is nothing wrong with cayman road….it is the human are idiots and twats who don’t know how to drive.

      • Caymanian says:

        Yes and no. We have some stupid lines on the road. Let’s take Linford Pierson road. There is a broken white line going into the new roundabout and yes a broken one within like 20 feet after. Do we really want people able to overtake just coming out of a roundabout? Do you know that going towards Bobby Thompson roundabout just before you reach the Stable there is a broken line going around a corner??

        Someone has not applied logic to the road markings to be honest. I am not sure what they are thinking. Then there is the short straight away between the horse stable and the rounabout, do we really want to advocate overtaking during this short stretch of road heading into the roundabout?

        I really think someone needs to revisit our roads and the lines to see if they make sense not only in terms of what they allow but what the overall strategy is to begin with.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t think most people know or care about the lines on the road so that is minor lol

    • Anonymous says:

      I would like to punch YOU in the face for making such comment . No roads are safe when driving drunk and in my opinion Cayman roads are mostly just fine for the speed limits posted . The problem is as you say , the IDIOT drivers .

      • Fred says:

        You obviously have not tried driving around some of the roundabouts when wet. They are NOT just fine, even at the designated speed limit.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yet, it’s our NRA and Planning Committees that fail to account for the input factor of our idiot drivers and epidemic rate of alcoholism to protect innocent law-abiding families from predictable and frequent careening head-on impacts. This is institutionalized negligence.

    • Anonymous says:

      The roads are fine. It’s the idiots using them are the fools don’t you think.
      Alcohol impairs your vision and concentration as well as your reflexes. Due to the high amount of road accidents, especially involving alcohol, that it’s time zero tolerance should be introduced.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where else do engineers form the concrete curbing before the actual road is laid!? NRA use great expensive heaps of aggregate to actually impair sight lines and create dangerous crests and sags where none previously existed with little apparent understanding of vehicle physics, drainage, road curve geometry, and parabolic engineering. The brand-new (representing millions in commitments) ETH is already corrugated from unaccounted thermal warp.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s the correct procedure! Curbing is laid prior to roads. Go read up on Highway Construction in the U.K.

      • Anonymous says:

        Where else can you have an unraised sidewalk, on North Church Street used by taxis and buses. All approved by the CPA but vetoed by the NRS, and an accident waiting to happen.

      • Anonymous says:

        True…but check out their staff loll knowledable NRA….nearly retired already

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