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when one drove on the left in Belize #213546
09/25/06 12:43 PM
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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?

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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!

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213547
09/25/06 04:08 PM
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I had an amazing experience in Grand Bahama some years back.

The fur lined taxi driver was high as a kite trying to overtake a lorry (sorry Truck!) he couldn't see anything coming forward at all.

Left hand drive roads right handed drive vehicles, have I got that the right way round? Doesn't matter the point is the same!

Thank god the experience was short lived. We soon arrived at our destination in one piece.

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213548
09/25/06 05:32 PM
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Anyone know why America and most European countries drive on the right, whereas Britain, Japan and many others stick to the left?

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213549
09/25/06 05:47 PM
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If you are interested enough to read all of this, here is an explanation

http://users.pandora.be/worldstandards/driving%20on%20the%20left.htm#history

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213550
09/25/06 05:50 PM
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Byron that is an interesting read indeed.

Sorry to have missed you the other day. Are you still in SP?

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213551
09/25/06 06:03 PM
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Gee, Adam, on top of all your other skills, you must be quite the speed reader. :rolleyes:

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213552
09/25/06 06:05 PM
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Law just actually finished it.

Interesting history and frankly I did not realize how many places still drove on the left.

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213553
09/26/06 08:43 AM
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LAW = RUDE!!!!!!

Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213554
09/26/06 08:50 AM
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This oughtta be interesting laugh


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Re: when one drove on the left in Belize #213555
09/26/06 09:01 AM
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Ah, E - everyone needs a serious detractor once in a while! My last one went into hiding, so I'm due. :p
Victoriatx, I note that you just registered today, yet you seem to have quite a bit of knowledge about Peter's history with Beachboy and Seashell. I'd be willing to wager a bit that you've recently picked up an alter ego. Care to share?

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