Road Safety Reminder for the Week
Know What Is Behind You
It is very important to check behind you before you:
- Change lanes, Look over your shoulder to make sure you are not getting in the way of vehicles in the lane you want to enter.
- Reduce your speed. Take a quick look in your mirrors. Also, check your mirrors when preparing to turn into a side road or driveway, and when stopping to pull into a parking space.
- Drive down a long or steep hill. Watch for large vehicles because they can gather speed very quickly.
Back up. Backing up is always dangerous because it is hard to see behind your vehicle. When you are backing out of a parking space:
- Check in front and behind the vehicle before you get in.
- Know where your kids are. Make sure they are away from your vehicle and in full view before moving your vehicle.
- If other children are nearby, make sure you can see them before backing up.
- Do not depend only on your mirrors or only looking out a side window.
- Turn and look over your right and left shoulders before you begin backing. As a safety measure, look over your right and left shoulders again while backing.
- Back slowly to avoid collisions.
According to Guam’s Traffic Violation Bureau’s (TVB) Traffic Fine Schedule
GCA (Guam Code Annotated) Code Description Eff. 01/01/14 3314 Improper Lane Usage (Land Straddling) $80.00 3319 Failure to Be Overtaken $80.00 3320 Following Too Close (Tailgating) $80.00 3323 Unsafe Starting or Backing $80.00
Guam Construction Update
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously through the construction zones, observe all posted speed limit and construction signs, and carefully heed flaggers (when present). Alternate routes and/or adjusting drive times when feasible are encouraged.
Route 5 and Portion of Route 12, Reconstruction and Widening (Route 2A to Naval Magazine/Route 12) – Santa Rita
Construction activities will continue along Route 5 from Route 2A to Route 17 with intermittent lane closures. Motorists are advised to slow down while driving through this area.
Route 14B (Ypao Road) Reconstruction and Widening (Route 14 to Carmen Memorial Dr.), Phase 1 Cliffside – Tamuning
There is a full road closure between Congressman Palting Loop and Pale San Vitores Road for the construction of a new retaining wall and widening of Ypao Road. Motorists will have to take alternate routes. The public is advised not to enter the construction area.
Route 14 Resurfacing from Route 1 to Route 14B – Tamuning
From Monday, 2/12/24 to Saturday, 2/17/24 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, motorists are advised that there will be lane shifts and intermittent lane closures along the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 14 (Chalan San Antonio) from Route 1 to the Archbishop Felixberto Flores Circle and to the Hilton Hotel on Pale San Vitores Road.
Route 1 Striping – Route 11 to Naval Station
The DPW contractor will be striping and installing raised pavement markers on Route 1, Marine Corps Drive from Route 11 to Naval Station throughout the week. Work will occur between the hours of 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There will be intermittent lane closures. The DPW asks motorists to please proceed with caution and remain alert for traffic control signs and work crews.
Islandwide Village Street Pavement Resurfacing – Chalan Tun Luis Takano, Yigo
The DPW contractor will be milling and paving Chalan Tun Luis Takano throughout the week. Work will occur between 7:00 – 4:00 PM. There will be intermittent lane closures. We encourage residents in the area to exercise caution.
Route 9 Striping – Dededo
On Monday, 2/12/24 and Tuesday, 2/13/24 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, the DPW contractor will be striping Route 9 from the Summer Homes Residence Entrance to Entrada St. There will be intermittent lane closures. We encourage motorists and residents in the area to exercise caution.
Swamp Road Striping – Dededo
Starting Wednesday, 2/14/24, the DPW contractor will be striping Swamp Road. Work will occur between 7:00 – 4:00 PM. There will be intermittent lane closures. We encourage residents in the area to exercise caution.
Route 1 Roadside Maintenance – Dededo to Yigo
The DPW HMC crew will be performing roadside maintenance along Route 1 in Dededo and Yigo throughout the week. Work will occur between 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The DPW asks motorists to please proceed with caution and remain alert for traffic control signs and work crews.
Ukudu Pipeline Installation – Dededo
Doosan Ukudu Power LLC will be completing the final segments and placement of the GPA fuel lines along Route 16, Harmon to Route 1 in Dededo. Work will involve 24-hour continuous construction.