The Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee
(ACTCC) has taken up the task of enforcing the traffic laws and improving the
traffic situation of the island. In speaking with Debbie Spain, member of the
ACTCC and traffic warden for San Pedro Town, she explained that due to the
limited manpower and funding given to the Transport Department, the ACTCC has
sought the help of the town council to remedy this situation.
Already the ACTCC has opened their new office, downstairs from the town hall,
next to the Ambergris Caye Planning office. Additionally, Peter Mangar Jr. and
Zee Rhaburn have been hired by the town council to work as full time Traffic
Wardens (Class II). These two gentlemen are presently undergoing training in
this field and are working closely with Debbie Spain and Transport Officer
Giovanni Guerra. The ACTCC has engaged in numerous new practices to address the
traffic challenges of San Pedro.
Some of the
traffic warden's duties include supervising the morning school crossing at the
intersection of Tarpon Street and Pescador Drive. They chose this particular
location (school) because it is one of the busiest, involving over 800 students.
Peter and Zee will be very strict when enforcing the traffic laws of the island
and will be ticketing all violators. Some of the frequent violations which have
been neglected in the past include: riding a bicycle contrary to traffic, riding
a bicycle-two abreast, unlicensed vehicles, uninsured vehicles, driving without
a valid permit, and driving a vehicle without an ACTCC sticker.
For the past two weeks, this active team has been
patrolling for vehicles parked overnight on the streets. Vehicle owners that do
not abide by this law are being given a warning and if they do not comply, their
replacement license will not be granted. Debbie Spain explained that violators
of this specific traffic law may also be subject to a fine of $100 every night
that the vehicle is parked on the street. The ACTCC has also managed to place
two new speed bumps at high-speed areas of the island; one on Tarpon Street near
the San Pedro Roman Catholic School and another on Coconut Drive near Lydia's
Institute of Fine Education. The committee hopes to establish more of these
"sleeping policemen" in other parts of town, especially the outskirts of San
Pedro. Anyone who feels that there is an area that requires a speed bump, or
wants to donate for the construction of one may contact Debbie Spain at the San
Pedro Town Council at 026-2198.
Commencing this week, the
ACTCC will also make certain that Barrier Reef Drive remains closed to vehicular
traffic on weekends. They are asking all vehicle owners to cooperate with this
matter and the public is advised that anyone not adhering to this practice will
be ticketed. Additionally, a pedestrian crossing area will be placed on Coconut
Drive, near Tropic Air, which has been identified as a frequent crossing spot.
Alternative parking signs will soon be erected on Barrier Reef Drive and
Pescador Drive to eliminate the problem of double parking. This project is
expected to commence by next weekend and again the attention of all vehicle
owners is called to this new practice. Also planned for the near future are
parking marks. Red pegs will be placed ten feet from each corner to show the
areas are "no parking."
In speaking with the
San Pedro Sun, Debbie Spain said that these are
only a few of the many projects that are planned by the ACTCC. She insisted that
with the recruitment of the two traffic wardens, ACTCC will be very vigilant and
will discipline all violators of the traffic laws. A big thumbs up to the ACTCC
for enforcing the traffic laws of this island!