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San Pedro Traffic Department to address speeding #536616
06/02/19 05:52 AM
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Prompted by Increase in traffic accidents

Over the past weeks, Ambergris Caye has registered an alarming increase in golf cart traffic accidents, with several residents and visitors sustaining grave injuries. The San Pedro Traffic Department has stepped up to address the issue, saying it believes the incidents are caused by speeding. As a result, golf cart rentals on the island are being inspected to find out if their vehicles’ speed limiters have been altered. If golf carts are found with this modification, the proprietors will be ordered to reset the limiter before the cart can be used or rented out.

The reportedly assigned speed limit in downtown San Pedro is 10 Miles Per Hour (MPH), while elsewhere is 15 MPH. These speed limits are clearly stated on signs across the island. If the problem of speeding continues, the traffic department can file criminal charges at the San Pedro Police Station. Motorists are reminded to drive with due care and to especially avoid driving under the influence. With this new measure in place, The San Pedro Town Council and the SPTD hopes to see a decrease in traffic accidents. This aim of this norm is to guarantee the safety of drivers across the island. The San Pedro Sun spoke with some Golf Cart rental owners, who heartily support the initiative. They shared that the safety of their customers is always a priority. Also, a number of these establishments indicated that the speedometer of their carts is at the required speed level. However, they reported that sometimes customers alter it. “When the golf carts are returned, we noticed that the speedometers had been adjusted, either by the customer or someone else,” said a golf cart rental owner. Since the new regulation came into place, the number of traffic accidents have reportedly decreased.

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Re: San Pedro Traffic Department to address speeding [Re: Marty] #536621
06/02/19 06:52 PM
06/02/19 06:52 PM
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We've been coming down every year for 11 years now. I really doubt that any of us tourists are spending any time trying to figure out how to adjust a governor on a golf cart. While I've had some really slow carts that I wished went a little faster, I got better things to do with my time in San Pedro than trying to make adjustments on a golf cart. Was more worried about being run off the road by a dump truck, taxi, local in a pickup, wouldn't a cold drink be great right now, etc. Although I did always wonder how fast we were going since there's no speedometer.

Re: San Pedro Traffic Department to address speeding [Re: Marty] #536622
06/02/19 07:24 PM
06/02/19 07:24 PM
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So true!!

Re: San Pedro Traffic Department to address speeding [Re: Marty] #536624
06/02/19 09:32 PM
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Rental carts are not the problem and everyone knows that. Passing without clear vision seems to be the habit of most locals. I have come to expect it and focus on protecting myself. I have never seen anyone ticketed.
Town is missing out on a lot of revenue. Oh that's right --- family!


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Re: San Pedro Traffic Department to address speeding [Re: ScubaLdy] #536634
06/03/19 08:51 AM
06/03/19 08:51 AM
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Speed bumps certainly do not solve the problem. It will continue to get worse and more accidents will happen until speeding tickets and loss of license changes the attitude - mostly of locals.
I don't see hardly any golf carts passing me. But sure do see motorcycles, taxis and vehicles driven by residents speeding past me.

Re: San Pedro Traffic Department to address speeding [Re: Marty] #536653
06/04/19 08:21 AM
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Sadly yesterday while at the post office, I witnessed a Taxi driver swerve around traffic and bump a pedestrian.... The pedestrian man ran after the taxi and the driver got out. Both the pedestrian and the driver engaged in a fist fight that was finally broken up by a lady in the taxi and another man who knew both men..... If the driver had practiced a small amount of patience the situation could have been avoided. frown


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