DH | Police issue traffic alert because of royal visit and cruise ship calls

Prinses Beatrix

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Police Force KPSM has issued a traffic alert for today, Thursday, because of the short visit of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to St. Maarten and five cruise ships being in port.

“[Because of – Ed.] the visit of the Princess, the five cruise ships, as well as the holiday season, we are expecting the traffic to be a bit heavier than usual and ask that all road users be cautious and courteous while making use of the roadways,” said police in a press release on Wednesday.

Princess Beatrix arrived in St. Maarten on Wednesday and will leave for Saba today. She will travel to St. Eustatius on Friday, December 13. Her visit focuses on nature conservation and social-economic initiatives in these islands.

Police also remind heavy equipment owners/operators that using public roads during “peak hours” is prohibited. Peak hours are daily – not including holidays and weekends – from 6:30 to 8:30am and 12:00 to 2:30pm. These measures are in accordance with article 60A of the National Traffic Ordinance, said police.

“If it is possible for road users to avoid or adjust their visit the Cole Bay/Simpson Bay area during late afternoon hours, persons can avoid unnecessary time spent in traffic as well as help to alleviate the traffic in the area.

“We will be throughout the different areas of the community trying our utmost to ensure that the traffic flows as smoothly as possible and we ask that the community cooperates in making this possible,” said police on Wednesday.

Police also issued several safety tips to help make the roads “safer for all.” Always focus on driving, said police, adding that persons should not multitask, such as using mobile phones and other electronic devices, while driving.

Police also advise persons to keep within the speed limit. “Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident,” said police.

Police advise persons to be aware of other drivers, other types of road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, and to “expect the unexpected.”

“Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion. Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor. Have items needed within easy reach, [and] always wear your seatbelt,” said police.

“Because of the upcoming holiday season and other happenings, the St. Maarten Police Force is well aware how frustrating it can be trying to commute on the roadways and, with the help of the community, the St. Maarten Police Force can better assist you in having a safe and merry holiday season,” concluded police.

Bron: Daily Herald

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