Private Investigator

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 2            January 10, 2008

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Q: The other day I was driving down the street when, out of the blue, I hit a large rope that had not been there the day before. I understand that people on the island use these as a type of speed bump to slow traffic in front of their homes or businesses. However, I am also under the understanding that permission must be granted by the San Pedro Town Council before placing these ropes on the roads. Is that correct?

A: Yes, it is amazing how suddenly a rope speed bump will appear overnight. A quick check with Town Administrator Patricia Verde confirmed what you already knew. Any type of encroachment is not seen favorably by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). Any encroachment whether it is the ropes on the road or a sandwich board on the sidewalk must be pre-approved from SPTC before being placed. Both, the Department of Transport and SPTC assess the areas that they believe are in need of a speed bump. The need for these “sleeping policemen” is gazetted and later printed as a Statutory Instrument. Speaking with Officer in Charge of the Transport Department Enid Tillette, The San Pedro Sun found out that any person who places ropes on the road may be ticketed and fined. A fine of $150 may be incurred for “Obstructing the free flow of traffic.” Tillette went on to comment that if any individual believes that there is a need in their area for a speed bump to simply address their valid concerns either to the department or to the offices of SPTC. For further information contact SPTC at (226) 2198 or Transport at (226) 2046.
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