Too many police at pedestrian crossing

| 14/05/2018

Ask Auntie, CNS Local Life, Caymanian statusI would like to know why the RCIPS feels it is necessary to have officers (sometimes three) directing traffic and pedestrians at a junction where there are perfectly operating lights that do this function? I am referring to the junction of Fort Street and Harbour Drive and North Church Street.

 Having the officer(s) there mimicking the lights is a waste of our tax money. Meanwhile, many days the pedestrian crossings at the north and south cruise terminals are unattended, resulting in delays due to pedestrians dribbling across. If the officers are not needed at those crossings, then turn them loose to write tickets to the persons breaking the law by parking on yellow lines/sidewalks, too close to other pedestrian crossings, those with expired taxi discs, etc.

Auntie’s answer: I brought your concerns to the RCIPS. On your first point, a spokesperson explained that police are needed despite there being traffic lights, saying, “Unfortunately, while the traffic lights at the mentioned intersection are there to ensure road safety, pedestrians in the area at times ignore the lights and actually enter the road away from the crossing, which presents significant risks.” Therefore, when officers “feel it necessary” they will assist at that crossing.

I have to say there is merit in that argument. I think anyone who has driven along the waterfront in George Town when the cruise ships are in, can attest to the issue of tourists crossing the road in what can only be described as a haphazard and seemingly oblivious manner. At those times, drivers must be on full alert and look in all directions for wayward pedestrians. An additional police presence would definitely help ensure the safety of tourists attempting to cross the street, despite the traffic lights in use.

Overall, the spokesperson pointed out that officers are “deployed daily depending on demand, which is in turn influenced by the number of cruise ships in port”. But as required, the police will cover other locations.

On your other point about deploying officers to issue tickets for various traffic offences, the RCIPS said that police also carry out patrolling duty “to identify and deter other criminal activity, as well as to ensure the safety of other road users” by ticketing people for such things as illegal parking and the like.

While every day I notice drivers committing road and parking offences and would love to see more tickets issued, especially (as I have said several times previously) for illegally using handicapped spots, I do believe lots of people do wind up getting caught and fined. But I also wouldn’t mind seeing a greater presence of patrolling officers walking the streets deterring crime and giving out tickets.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    If the officers are to “stop” tourists jay walking then do that away from the crossings with lights. Meanwhile I will blow my horn loudly when they attempt to cross where they should not and not stop. Afterall, that is what they would do to me (or worse) in their home town/city.

  2. Anonymous says:

    But the point about “Meanwhile, many days the pedestrian crossings at the north and south cruise terminals are unattended, resulting in delays due to pedestrians dribbling across”, which is the most valid place they need to be, was not addressed…

  3. Anonymous says:

    When i was taught to drive we were told how important it is to have eye contact with the other drivers.

    It is not possible for drivers or pedestrians to see if the drivers can see them with the black out windows on cars these days.

    I get that they make the cars interior cooler (and cooler if your vehicle of choice is a Honda Civic) but not being able to see the drivers awareness attention is dangerous.