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Road Code a must have for road users

Published 28th September 2012, 4:10 pm

The public will be able to purchase the Road Code of the Cayman Islands -2012 edition as of tomorrow at both Department of Vehicle & Drivers' Licensing (DVDL) locations.

"In addition to being bigger, the new Road Code has more detailed descriptions and is a more comprehensive guide of what is expected of road users,” said DVDL Deputy Director Richard Simms.

For instance, the 2012 Edition provides illustrations on how to navigate a roundabout has updated signage and describes how all road users should behave – including horse riders, people who walk their dogs, pedestrians and cyclists.

It is also the essential guide for young would-be drivers who are preparing to take the DVDL's written test,” Mr. Simms said.

"The previous Official Road Code of the Cayman Islands has been in print since 1974 with minimum updates throughout the years and did not have enough information on the act. Nor was the signage adequate to meet the needs of young drivers to pass the written test. But the Road Code 2012 Edition does,” he declared.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for DVDL the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly encouraged all road users to purchase this new book.

"The new Road Code contains a wealth of information and I would encourage everyone -- from new drivers to new residents, and everyone in between -- to get a copy. There is information that covers just about every aspect of driving. So if a person gets into trouble, they can look to the Road Code as guide on how to handle the situation. And it fits right into the glove box.

"I would also like to congratulate the hardworking team of DVDL, my Ministry staff and members of the Attorney General's team, Government Information Services and the printers who all worked tirelessly on drafting the new Act and Regulations and providing the graphics.

"I would also like to thank the general public who pointed out the deficiencies in the old act, and through their efforts, drove the government to update the Act, Regulation and Road Code.

For more information go to dvdl.gov.ky or call 945-8344. DVDL has two locations: Crewe Road DVDL Headquarters. Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Banks Plaza West Bay: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday to Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday.