Five people hurt in more road chaos

| 09/01/2020 | 45 Comments
Cayman News Service
Crash involving a motorbike and car on the West Bay Road, Thursday 9 January

(CNS): Three people involved in a head-on collision on the Linford Pearson Highway, Thursday morning, were all taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. They were joined in the afternoon by a motorcycle rider and pillion after they were both involved in a crash with a car on the West Bay Road, which brought traffic to a standstill.

In both crashes the roads were closed for a short time while officers carried out preliminary investigative work and then cleared the wreckage but both caused significant traffic trouble.

Police said the crash on the Linford Pierson Highway happened at around 9:45am, when two vehicles smashed head-on because one was on the wrong side of the road.

The motorcycle was involved in crash with a car close to Seven Mile Shops on the West Bay Road at around 2pm in what appeared to be the central turning lane. Although the driver and his pillion were take to hospital, they are also believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries according to police.

Both crashes are now under investigation.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What cracks me up is the casual use or not of seatbelts. Everyone knows the driving standard here is below terrible, so to drive a vehicle without a seatbelt is akin to self-harm. You can be the best driver on the planet, but even driving defensively some fool can still wipe you out.

    Even worse are those imbeciles who have the seatbelt clipped in but sit on top of it. You couldn’t make it up

  2. Anonymous says:

    my dash cam records 1000’s of offences every week…why don’t the police farce want this footage?
    why arent police cars fitted with dashcams?

    • Anonymous says:

      Traffic cars have them.

      1000s of offenses, seriously, there’s not enough police to sift through them. Also, it takes an inordinate amount of time to prosecute. A dashcam is great at identifying a vehicle, but then the fun begins. Rental cars, pool vehicles, vehicles not updated as to who owns them etc. makes identifying the driver a real task.

      I record many incidents myself and it makes me sad for the human race. We have definitely already peaked as a species.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The fact is, people who find it difficult to wait in a line, wait their turn….are usually poor “drives”. Travel to some of the other Caribbean countries and see how people conduct themselves in public. A good indication as to our traffic issues here.

  4. Elvis says:

    I run regularly on the road against traffic of course for a period of time on my running route, every single person is on his or her cellphone. It’s a game of death dodging every run I feel.
    Please make it stop someone.
    It’s absolutely unacceptable and no one is doing a thing

    • Anonymous says:

      I walked once along a busy road looking at every passing driver. 6 out 10 were doing anything but looking straight ahead on the road.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Waiting for a head on collision on shamrock road as some people are still using the new two lane as their old opposite two lane to drive. Can’t believe people don’t pay attention when driving.

  6. Anon says:

    I am British and have lived here for decades. It’s a fact that driving in Jamaica is more dangerous than here. It is not fair to stereotype drivers, but a large number of drivers here never use their indicators and I find the same group have the habit of sticking the front of their car at least 6 feet out into the traffic lane when waiting to enter a main road from a side road.
    Ironically, although 50% of all drivers never use their indicators, quite a few do, when in a left or right turn lane!.

  7. Right ya so says:

    I beg to differ on the comment that Jamaicans are the main culprit, I would say a vast majority are either Indian or Filipino/Filipina, who seem to be terrified of driving & overly cautious thereby hesitating to enter or exit roundabouts, coming to a full stop at a ‘give way’, not indicating until the very last minute and driving far too slowly. All of which cause as many accidents as driving too fast and are equally agitating/nerve racking to other road users. But ALL nationalities are guilty of not using their indicators.

    • Anonymous says:

      It seems everyone is afraid to go at roundabouts. That’s the main reason for traffic sometimes. Just freaking go! No one should do a full stop at a roundabout unless oncoming traffic is close. Also, keep up with the car in front so there isn’t 4 car lengths between you and the person entering the roundabout.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just stop it. You comment is an assumption, not the fact.
      Besides, all people who learn to drive are overcautious. You were too, and so were or are your teenage children. And your grandma.
      COOPERATION between drivers is the main traffic rule.

      • Anonymous says:

        No you stop it. I am not the original poster. Take a look into vehicles that are driving way below the limit, very hesitant on their decision making and are acting contrary to typical road use norms. These are typically older persons of Asian and Hispanic descent and also take a look at the absolute fear in their expression and demeanor. There are too much of these persons on the road to be new drivers and the age does not equate as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      I use indicators automatically, even when the road is empty. I simply don’t understand why would people not use indicators.

    • Anonymous says:

      Racist much? All you see are Filipinos and all I see are black skinned disrespectful bad drivers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And an empty school bus ran into the back of a small truck in Savannah yesterday too. Minor accident, true, but it still should not have happened.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Lets call a spade a spade. Jamaicans are the worse drivers on island. A Jamaican stopped his car in front of me in the middle of the road last week just to chat to his friend. That is only one example I have many but you get the point. Not being racist just keeping it real.

    • Anonymous says:

      10:11 Native Caymanian’s are as bad. Would love to see the data on the nationality of those involved in these accidents. I think you would be surprised.

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      The driver demographics are less important than the solution(s) toward changing the system(s) to cause ALL drivers to chill more and crash less.

    • Anonymous says:

      yep… drive down eastern avenue any day and you will plenty of crazy jamican driving….

    • Gray Matter says:

      That was me…. I am from Nigeria not Jamaica.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Many of my friends and family in the USA have at least one traffic violation record (public records). Sometime they would just go 5 miles over the speed limit. But law is the law, court record, fine, points and car insurance premium increase are the consequences of the violation. This is what I called traffic law enforcement.
    Here, in Cayman, police begs and urges drivers as if they are preschoolers.

  11. Anonymous says:

    No wonder why, those of us that drive see these terrible drivers but no cops are ever around. Time to hide on the side of roads to catch these people every day.

  12. Anonymous says:

    There’s no answer to this. If locals cannot obey a sign that says to indicate your turn, a sign saying keep left wont work either. Maybe those orange sticks that appear at roundabouts to show idiots where to go, should be used everywhere!

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder what % of car accidents involve locals…

      • Anonymous says:

        Not necessarily a fair comparison, because most journeys involve locals. You would have to look at number of accidents by locals per mile and number of accidents per visitors per mile.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think they mean people who live here. Calm down.

      • Gray Matter says:

        No such thing as locals… true Caymanians are few and far between. You all leave if you don’t like it here.

  13. Anonymous says:

    time for the police farce to release stats on the nationalties of people causing accidents….
    for example if the prime offenders are jamaicas/caymanians maybe its time to re-look at their driving liscenses….

  14. Anonymous says:

    Cut through the Horse Farm!
    Problem solved with that stretch

  15. Anonymous says:

    Non life threatening injuries often end up being life altering. RCIPS should just drop ”non life threatening” from its lexicon. They simply don’t know and have no abilities to know. A person could have a concussion and drop dead in an hour. Many people experiencing shock also look normal.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think most people understand what rcips mean. They can carry on using it.

      They don’t need to go into detail about private matters, so for most people I think it’s fine if they know if it’s likely gonna be a fatal or not.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Yesterday evening in the peak of the five Oclock traffic heading east on the Linford Pierson Highway there was a dark skin coloured woman heading east who was in and out of traffic heading in the same direction. I know that she made all of us scared just barely missing our cars. I was grateful to God when she turned off towards Hurleys supermarket. She seemed to be in a terrible rush. This type of careless driving could have caused an accident. I thought that I would have remembered the car license but unfortunately not.

    • Anonymous says:

      No description of vehicle and no license plate number, but you remembered her skin color. Thanks.

      • Anonymous says:

        Most of us look at the people. And the poster is unfortunately pointing out the colour of 97% of the crazy drivers. Stop being so sensitive and realise the problem at hand.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well I should point out all the crazy white women I see talking in their cellphone and texting while driving. That’s a VERY common site during traffic.

    • Anonymous says:

      Reporting license plate numbers for vehicles you deem violate traffic safety will bear no result, as the police are unable to do any enforcement in such reports. They have to witness the violation first hand. It comes down to establishing proof that can then be acted on in legal terms , if it becomes required.

      • Anonymous says:

        I quite agree 7.03. We reported a near miss crazy driver Christmas Eve we gave the police the location, time and what had occured, they also were in a rush to get to Hurleys and both lanes had to swerve out of the way of them both myself and my husband witnessed, we gave the licence plate details and also our dashcam evidence that corroborated our report. They contacted the owner and were given a warning and a slap on the wrist Complete waste of my time.

        • Anonymous says:

          Not if the warning was recorded. If the person ever does end up in traffic court that essentially becomes their ‘second offence’ so the penalty should be that much higher than if they were in for a ‘first offence’.

          Now, we can talk about if the penalty should be higher, but what you did was not wasted. Thanks for doing it.

    • Cheese Face says:

      Silver BMW every morning does the same, I mean every morning (RCIPS) 😉

      You know the one, the crap car with the “M” badge that makes it go faster.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Both the motorcyclist and pillion were involved in the crash? How is that even possible?

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