RSSTraffic Questions

The plight of pedestrians crossing the road

The plight of pedestrians crossing the road

| 24/05/2018 | 23 Comments

Given recent tragic accidents there has been a lot of discussion about safety for pedestrians. Given that, I’d like to ask about the legality of the Caymankind habit of “beckoning”. At first glance, the kind gesture of a driver to slow down or stop, flick their lights and motion with their hand from the window […]

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Reporting dangerous drivers to the police

Reporting dangerous drivers to the police

| 23/05/2018 | 10 Comments

Who should we call if we see dangerous driving on the roads and would like to report the licence plate? Auntie’s answer: There are two possibilities depending on the timing of the event, a police spokesperson explained. If you see an incident on the road taking place and “you believe that the driver and vehicle […]

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Cayman needs more street signs

Cayman needs more street signs

| 18/03/2018 | 7 Comments

Well, Auntie, since the National Roads Authority is winning all kinds of Ask Auntie accolades and awards, how about asking them to do a better job on road signage, or perhaps ask them about the lack thereof? For those of us who have been around a while and know our way around it’s not an […]

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When is a bicycle not a bicycle?

When is a bicycle not a bicycle?

| 12/03/2018 | 19 Comments

Do you have any idea if these ‘ordinary looking’ bicycles which appear to be equipped with motors are required to have vehicle licences and do their riders require drivers’ licences? The reason I ask is because it is now a fairly regular sight to see these things “shooting” down the road and some are even driven […]

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Praise for Crewe Road roundabout

Praise for Crewe Road roundabout

| 07/03/2018 | 9 Comments

Who, or what government department, was responsible for designing the new roundabout at the beginning of Crewe Road by the airport? I ask because it is working so well, solving a serious problem at a notorious black spot for traffic accidents. I think the designers should get public recognition. Auntie’s answer: The roundabout is the […]

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Which department repairs potholes?

Which department repairs potholes?

| 01/03/2018 | 3 Comments

Who does one contact to get potholes sorted/the road re-surfaced? Is there a petition-type process to get one’s road re-surfaced, besides having some dignitary live on your street? On a slightly related point, in terms of damage to one’s vehicle as a result of these monster potholes, does the NRA have any sort of liability, […]

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Taking cell phone video on the road

Taking cell phone video on the road

| 29/11/2017 | 1 Comment

Just wondering what the actual cell phone and driving laws are here in Cayman. Is it legal to be driving with your phone on your dash recording a video of yourself ranting on about your latest beefs? Doesn’t seem to be paying attention to the road and can’t you wait until you get home to […]

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Driver wants answers on roadblock

Driver wants answers on roadblock

| 21/11/2017 | 7 Comments

Can you let us know why the police are blocking off the road in the morning that connects you to the Newlands bypass (East-West Arterial) and, more importantly, to Prospect Primary School? Auntie’s answer: The police have put a roadblock in place to limit access to Poindexter Road in the morning, a spokesperson explained, due […]

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Tour bus drivers holding microphones

Tour bus drivers holding microphones

| 29/10/2017 | 14 Comments

I often see coach drivers, in the mid-size coaches, driving whilst giving their passengers a commentary on a hand-held microphone. Is this legal? Auntie’s answer: You may be surprised to learn that it is legal for drivers of tour coaches to use one hand to hold a microphone while driving with the other. I know […]

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Upset by drivers using cell phones

Upset by drivers using cell phones

| 04/10/2017 | 9 Comments

There seems to have been a large increase in the number of drivers on mobile phones in recent months (even more than usual). I rarely undertake a journey without seeing at least one driver holding their phone out in front of them whilst driving. Other jurisdictions such as the UK are clamping down heavily on […]

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What are the rules for using Segways?

What are the rules for using Segways?

| 05/09/2017 | 46 Comments

1. Should the Segways that go along West Bay Road use the road or the pavement? I have seen pedestrians forced into the road when they are on the pavement, but also deliberately hold up traffic when they are on the road. 2. I have been seeing Segway tours being conducted on the sand on Seven […]

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Rules for using divided highways

Rules for using divided highways

| 13/08/2017 | 9 Comments

What is the general rule around two-lane bypasses and the use of lanes? Given we’re soon to have two more, I think this is important. In the UK you use the right lane for faster cars, and the inside lane for slower vehicles (unless you’re approaching a roundabout etc and are taking a third exit). […]

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Road signage by roundabouts

Road signage by roundabouts

| 03/08/2017 | 18 Comments

I am glad to see that the NRA is putting up signs and painting arrows on the roads leading to the (Butterfield) roundabout from all directions.  Hopefully this will educate the drivers that don’t already know how to properly use roundabouts. Unfortunately, I think they have the signs and arrows wrong in one spot, which […]

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Unsure about roundabout right of way

Unsure about roundabout right of way

| 27/02/2017 | 50 Comments

When exiting the Butterfield roundabout (by AL Thompson’s) heading to Camana Bay, who has right of way to merge, if two cars are turning off at the same time? I understood it was always the right-hand lane which had priority, but my Canadian work colleague believed it was the inside lane who had priority. Auntie’s […]

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Cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road

Cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road

| 23/02/2017 | 9 Comments

Can you help settle an intra-spousal argument? What’s the legal position on cyclists who ride their bikes into oncoming traffic? I get the logic that they can see cars coming better, but shouldn’t they be required to follow the rules of the road like everyone else? Auntie’s answer: I am always happy to resolve disagreements […]

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