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Essential road safety tips for Belize’s Independence Day Celebrations

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2023. 2:43 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  The Belize Road Safety Project within the Ministry of Economic Development is urging all Belizeans traveling during the September celebrations to be mindful of our traffic laws.

Belize, at 42, has grown immensely in its economic and infrastructure position. The economy continues to develop, and our roads continue to improve; however, one type of growth we do not want to see is the growth in the number of traffic fatalities.

“As we celebrate another year of independence, let us do so responsibly and safely. Our road infrastructure in many parts of the country is much improved and will afford you a better travel experience; however, we must refrain from being tempted to speed,” a statement from the Road Safety Project noted.

Those with plans to reach their destination at a prearranged time, leave early and allow sufficient time for the possible short delays at checkpoints.

No need to rush! It is better to arrive alive than not arrive at all.

Exercise patience and extend courtesy to other road users. Remember, everyone wants to have an enjoyable and safe holiday; don’t be the one to spoil it.

Let’s not speed; let’s not drink and drive; let’s not be distracted while driving; and ensure that everyone is properly buckled in.

Motorcycle riders are also urged to exercise extreme caution and ensure proper helmets are worn.

Before overtaking, look ahead and behind you, and do not overtake on the wrong-hand side of the road. For this independence celebration, let’s all help to contribute to a zero-traffic incident.

The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Osmond Martinez, and the Ministry of Economic Development and the Second Road Safety Project Execution Unit wish all a safe and blessed Independence Day!


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