By: Olkeriil Ngirudelsang
The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) will be strengthening its enforcement of traffic laws.
In an email to Island Times, Director Ismael Aguon wrote that BPS “will start issuing citations regularly so that we can all get back to compliance with the traffic laws”.
Director Aguon said that the BPS is attempting to correct unlawful driving practices, adding that they “have been monitoring motorists’ behaviors and have concluded some very bad driving habits”.
In enforcing traffic regulations, BPS will be citing vehicle owners parking their cars in intersections, private driveways, and sidewalks, as well as those parked on the edge of highways. They will also be on the lookout for drivers who do not have valid driving licenses as well as unregistered vehicles on the streets.
Director Aguon also listed some of the traffic laws that they will be watchful of. BPS wants the public to be aware of the many driving regulations such as the drivers’ need to completely halt their vehicles at least 15 feet behind a school bus when it comes to a stop.
The list included other traffic laws that make it illegal for any “person being transported in the bed of a truck to sit on or higher than the upper edge of the side of the truck bed, or shall stand anywhere in the truck bed. “
With the high number of car accidents which Palau has recently seen, the Bureau of Public Safety is aiming to put more efforts into enforcing all traffic laws. They will be having a talk show today on Palau Wave Radio (PWFM) to raise public awareness on Palau’s many traffic regulations.