Rules of the road

Jamaica Gleaner - - 8-DAY YEAR-END SALE FEATURE - – Courtesy of Cliff Hyl­ton Ex­cerpts from the Ja­maica Driver’s Guide

Mit­subishi L200 in­te­rior.

WHEN SHOULD YOU NOT OVER­TAKE?

At a road junc­tion, on a cor­ner or bend, on the brow of hill, at a pedes­trian cross­ing, on a hump-back bridge, where the road nar­rows, or where the road is di­vided with an un­bro­ken white line.

WHEN CAN YOU OVER­TAKE ON THE LEFT?

On a one, way road, at a round­about, when a driver in front gives a sig­nal that he is about to turn right, pass­ing a line of slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cles in or­der to clear a traf­fic con­ges­tion, turn­ing left at cross­roads, on a four-lane road.

WHAT IS A SLIP ROAD?

It is an en­trance on the cor­ner of a ma­jor in­ter­sec­tion which al­lows ve­hi­cles turn­ing left to fil­ter with­out caus­ing in­con­ve­nience to other ve­hi­cles cross­ing the in­ter­sec­tion. This can be used on any light, pro­vid­ing the way is clear.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE IN­VOLVED IN AN AC­CI­DENT?

Stop! If no po­lice­man is on the scene, give your name and ad­dress to the per­son hav­ing rea­son­able grounds to re­quire th­ese par­tic­u­lars. Re­port the ac­ci­dent to the po­lice within 24 hours and pro­duce your in­sur­ance cer­tifi­cate and driver’s li­cence.

WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY AT A ROUND­ABOUT?

In gen­eral there is no right of way, you should ap­proach with cau­tion and give way to the ve­hi­cle on the right.

HOW MANY SIGNS ARE THERE AT A ROUND­ABOUT?

There are four signs-Slow, Round­about Ahead, Keep Left and Give Way.

WHERE SHOULD YOU NOT PARK?

Be­tween no-park­ing signs, before a fire hy­drant, within 12 me­tres (40 feet) of a road junc­tion, on the brow of a hill, before a pri­vate en­trance, at a pedes­trian cross­ing, at a bus stop, where the road nar­rows, on a bridge or un­der-pass, on a cor­ner, im­me­di­ately op­po­site a parked ve­hi­cle (dou­ble park­ing), or on a main road car­ry­ing fast-mov­ing traf­fic. NB: When park­ing, stop your ve­hi­cle as close as pos­si­ble to the kerb.

WHAT IS THE MEAN­ING OF A BRO­KEN WHITE LINE IN THE MID­DLE OF THE ROAD?

In the case of a bro­ken white line you can over­take, pro­vid­ing it is safe.

WHAT IS A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY?

It is a two-way road di­vided by a strip of land in the mid­dle.

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU TRAVEL BE­HIND AN EMER­GENCY VE­HI­CLE?

Ap­prox­i­mately 150 me­tres (500 feet).

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