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Cayman Islands Government

Safer Travels

Many accidents can be avoided.

Next week, drivers of all ages can view practical demonstrations of safe driving techniques, accident-prevention measures and proper auto equipment.

The theme of this month's Streetskills education programme is Road Craft. This National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) initiative will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, 28 July at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing (DVDL) compound, across from the Lions' Centre.

Segments are intended to educate drivers on issues ranging from tyre choices and pressures to the mechanics of safe driving. Road Craft will also include advice and guidance on using roundabouts correctly, the consequences of speeding, and driving in inclement weather.

Officials say this summertime topic was chosen to cater to motorists, especially new or young drivers, who may need to navigate roads during rainy conditions.

The NRSS' monthly focus on safety began in April and has so far addressed cell phone use by motorists, and pressures regularly experienced by youthful drivers.

Streetskills is the education component of NRSS. It is an interagency initiative which has the support and active involvement of the private sector - namely the Cayman Islands Road Safety Advisory Council (CIRSAC).

The remaining two components are engineering (road construction, maintenance and signage); and enforcement (traffic safety and the detection of driving offences).

Encouraging attendance on Thursday, Chairman of the Road Safety Committee, Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Superintendent John Jones said, "The aim is to educate drivers on operating vehicles, with a view to enhancing safe driving."

He added, "These detailed approaches will touch on areas such as vehicle lights and driving tips to counter hydroplaning and other risky road conditions."

The presentation team will include DVDL Assistant Manager Stephen Quinland and RCIPS staff. A representative from Saxon Insurance Company will also discuss the importance of having appropriate auto coverage.

For persons unable to attend, the Road Craft session will be videotaped and broadcast as a GIS Spotlight TV segment during August.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Lennon Christian