Letter to the Editor: Traffic Solutions

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Letters-to-the-EditorDear Editor:
Solutions to help San Pedro’s Traffic problem.
Everyone who owns a vehicle should keep that vehicle in the best working condition possible, both for safety and reliability.
1 – All motorized vehicles must be licensed and insured (This includes heavy equipment)
2 – Everyone driving on the roads must abide by the laws set out in the Road Traffic act of Belize.
3 – Drivers should be more considerate of other road users, not drive like they own the road.
4 – Aggressive driving should not be tolerated.
If the people of San Pedro are serious about helping reduce the complaints about our traffic, they are the ones that have to change; one only has to stand on the side of any street and watch how people are driving. The way people drive here would not be tolerated anywhere else in Belize, they drive too fast and have no consideration for anyone else including pedestrians; it is only by chance that someone has not been killed. You can see the arrogance of some drivers as they bully their way through traffic, overtaking dangerously just to get one vehicle ahead. The island is small no one has miles to travel to get to work or school, so why do they feel it is necessary to drive so aggressively and dangerously to go just a short distance. I have driven in many countries as a professional driver and have never seen driving as bad as the drivers here on San Pedro.
People should wake up and realize the bad impression they are leaving on the minds of our visitors.
The number of vehicles on this island is not the main problem it is the way these vehicles are being used that creates the problems.
So if people started to drive more responsibly, be more courteous to other drivers and pedestrians, a lot of the complaints we are hearing would go away, so it might take you a couple more minutes to reach your destination if you drove slower, but you would have less stress and less tickets…
P. Davies
Transport Supervisor

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