I am writing this letter in order to draw attention to the dreadful and quite frankly dangerous driving conditions that exist in the village of Mahaut.
It’s been eight months since my wife and I made the transition back to Dominica from the UK. Since our resettlement in this vibrant and lively village, all has gone well and according to plan, however, there remains a huge problem that continues to blight the lives of the villagers, namely the traffic situation…
The main stretch of road that lies between the entrance and exit of the village is to all intent and purposes a racing strip for motorists of all persuasions. It is not unusual to see cars and motorcyclists alike speeding through at speeds of up to 55mph. To date, I have already witnessed two near-fatal incidents involving young men falling off their motorcycles in the paths of oncoming vehicles. As much as I hate to say this, It is only a matter of time before the inevitable happens.
Apart from the huge volume of traffic that passes through on a daily basis, the sheer size of some of these vehicles is really not suitable for these roads and is in fact dangerous. Witnessing these huge articulated behemoths struggling to pass either side of each other on roads that can barely accommodate two regular size buses is quite amusing and never fails to attract an audience.
The results are always the same – huge traffic jams which can last from anything up to 45mins. Last week one of these lorries mounted and damaged the lower step on the staircase to my house. No doubt, I will end up paying for the repair myself.
Noise pollution remains an ongoing problem for all concerned.
In truth, I could go on, and on, and on, however, at the risk of sounding like a “Johnny come lately,” I will “hold my tongue” but please allow me to make these suggestions…
- Speed bumps would help
- Speed limit signs 20mph at either end of the village
- Ban the lager trucks from passing through during the rush hour
- Alternatively, restrict their access to between 6 pm and 6 am
- A traffic light system that only allows traffic to flow from one end then changes to allow the traffic flow from the other end.
- Noise pollution signs at either end of the village forbidding the use of EXCESSIVE blowing of car/truck horns/sound systems…