from a friend...
I was asked to be part of a party that met the Min. of Education from St. Lucia at the airport yesterday. This is the genleman's first visit to Belize.
On the drive down he remarked it odd that Belizeans drive on the right hand side of the road, since most ex-British colonies still had drivers driving on the left side of the road.
Does anyone know why we are different?
response from another friend
Belize used to drive on the left hand side of the road. When US was joined to South America by road (I think it was the PanAmerican Highway), it was decided that Belize would change so it could be like the rest of the Americas. Yes, I learnt on one side then we had to practice to learn to drive on the other side. When Belize changed, all the cars on the road had steering wheels on the wrong side. Talk about crazy. After several weeks of 'practicing' the official change came at midnight on a Saturday night. All clubs, lounges, etc. had
to close at 11:30 to make sure there were no 'tipsy' people driving on the road. The fire engines led a parade over the swing bridge from the market side to Paslow side and everyone
who wanted to join followed the fire engines. With great fanfare of horns, etc. the parade continued until early morning!