(CMR) A parent is asking for The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to assist with traffic control on a busy street close to the Linford Pierson Highway. Here's the letter she recently shared on her Facebook page:
A CRY FOR HELP!!!
I am very upset this morning and after contacting those who are supposed to protect and serve I became even more furious. I would not even bother to repeat what was said to me. However, my concern is to have something done about this situation. Hence the reason I have taken this to social media as it seems to be the only way you get some attention and it should not be.
I live on Grace Street which is next to Barnes laundry Mat and School Bus Station which is right across from OUR Traffic Department. This morning was not my first time calling to report a near mishap at that location. I am there every school morning and have observed a lot including our traffic department vehicles and their patrols.
I have witnessed too many near calls at this location and now that I walk my son and grandson every morning to catch the bus I see so much more. I have witnessed vehicles driving in excess, bus having to stop to pick up children and vehicles just speed by. While coming off Linford Pierson Highway they are speeding and sometimes around the corner they end up on the opposite side of the road; on many occasions while pulling out of Grace Street I have nearly had my front end torn off. They do not stop while the bus is trying to turn out, the bus drivers have to stop partially in the middle of the road to allow them to cross, I have seen chickens crossing the road hit by cars and the lady selling newspapers have to take stick and push them off the road as the drivers just continue on. I have seen traffic overtaking which was the case this morning. The vehicle that was turning to drop off at the Bus stop was nearly hit by a Grey Kia Sportage (license plate given to RCIPS) which was overtaking the vehicle directly behind the turning vehicle.
A patrol car needs to be stationed at the corner of Lyndhurst Rd. I am afraid that shoulda, coulda, woulda will be too late. God forbid that I witness a child hit there because it will be me that the Police will be coming to arrest! None the less, prevention is better than cure. So here I am now appealing to the powers that be to put some signage, patrol car or whatever it takes to prevent a serious or fatal accident from happening there.
Some time ago I saw a post on Facebook with regards to a patrol car being placed somewhere in Patrick Island because the people of that neighborhood were complaining about the traffic taking that route for a short cut. Well, this is a public road and more serious issue so let’s see how soon we will have the patrol car stationed there. I say STATIONED because I observe the police cars patrolling up and down from Linford Pierson Highway to Smith Road and around the back of the Traffic Dept. and out again. This is not good enough because at the time that they decide to drive off is the time that something serious could happen. It’s only needed a few hours in the morning as the afternoons are not that bad.