Traffic on Curaçao

Traffic rules in Curaçao

The traffic rules in Curaçao differ from what people are used to in traffic in the Netherlands. In Curaçao, Dutch traffic signs are mainly used and Dutch traffic signs are also on the road surface.

Because the traffic rules are different (more like the American system), it sometimes seems strange. The most important priority rule is that at the T-junction, through traffic always has priority (unless otherwise indicated by priority signs). People from a side road coming from the left and right do not have priority. At equivalent intersections, where there are no priority signs, the right does indeed have priority.

However, space is generally provided when asked politely (with eye contact and appropriate gestures) when one wants to go on the road in a busy situation and it is polite to say thank you (horn, lights flashing or waving). ) is much appreciated.

Around the peak hours traffic jams can occur. Mainly the Caracasbaaiweg, which is the connection between Jan Thiel and Punda, can be quite busy. On Ringweg (Schottegatweg), around Willemstad, there is also a lot of traffic and the corresponding traffic lights.

Just like in America, the principle is "Stay in your lane". It is often easier to maintain the second lane when there are several lanes available, then the traffic on the right lane can enter and exit and yes ... you also pass right.

The system needs some getting used to, but you will find that driving in Curaçao is quite easy to do. Important is, keep your distance! Because traffic in front of you can sometimes suddenly be slowed down to stop at the side of the road or in response to crossing animals.

Wearing a seat belt is also mandatory on Curacao.
In order to reduce the number of traffic victims, the Police has indicated that it will impose stricter checks on seat belt wearing.

Drivers of motor vehicles and passengers seated next to them must use the seat belt available to them.
Passengers under the age of 12 seated next to the driver who are shorter than 1.50 m must use a child restraint device suitable for them.
Other passengers must also use the seat belt available to them.
If these passengers are younger than 12 years old and shorter than 1.50 m tall, they must use child restraint equipment suitable for them, if available.
If such a child restraint device is not present, passengers aged 3 to 12 who are shorter than 1.50 m must use the seat belt available to them.

(The full article Road Traffic Regulation Section 30 Article 78)

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