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Traffic Laws

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Traffic Laws

We are from Ohio and will be driving while in San Juan. Anything we should know about traffic signs/signals/laws?

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1. Re: Traffic Laws

You are still in the US. I have no problems. Every area is different around the country, with different kinds of drivers. Puerto Ricans are aggressive. Signs will be in spanish. Speed is in MPH, distances in Kilometers. Everyone hongs there horn to get the stop light to change. Red lights at night are stop signs, quite often. They will pass on the left and right and use the shoulder if need be. Like in Ohio, they will drive in any lane they wish. Boston, NY, LA are all different as is PR. No biggies though.

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"...hongs their horn to get the stop light to change. Red lights at night are stop signs, quite often. They will pass on the left and right and use the shoulder if need be. ...they will drive in any lane they wish."

This is hilarious but certainly true. Well said, Bob!

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3. Re: Traffic Laws

Some tips:

-Caution. Red lights are not legally stop signs at night and you can get a ticket. Many of us have the habit (for safety reasons) to treat them as stop signs after midnight or so, when there is no traffic and if the police catch us they "may" give us a break, but not always.

-Law permits to turn right on red light if there are no cars comming.

-The law says that the left lane on highways is for passing, but people don't follow it and police don't enforce it.

- Trucks are not allowed on the left lanes... same thing.

- Use of seat belts at all times is required by law.

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Driving spped on highways: 55mph and with some exceptions at 65 mph

No need to stop when an ambulance or firetruck sounds its siren behind you continue dirving moving to the side, so they can go ahead.

Yes, we tend to honk for different reasons: to greet a friend passing by, to make people drive faster, at light changes to "awake" the one in front... or just to "curse" a bad driver!

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5. Re: Traffic Laws

I'd like to add:

1. Minors under 13 must be seated in the back seat.

2. Minors under 4 must be seated in a Child Seat.

3. PR has an "open container" law, which forbids driving or riding in an automobile with an open container with alcohol. $150 fine.

In regards to Traffic Lights, please refer to Puerto Rico Law #22 of Jan. 7, 2000, Article 8.02(b)(6), which states:

(6) Vehicles traveling on public highways between twelve (12) midnight and five (5) o'clock in the morning, when facing a red light, shall stop and then continue driving, provided due precautions are taken.

For more info:

http://tinyurl.com/6mw95s

or

www.boricualaw.com

I'd suggest other forum participants to research before offering advice.

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6. Re: Traffic Laws

Yes, you are not in the US (but don't worry, we are associated with your country).

* Traffic signs are in Spanish

* Kilometers are used instead of Miles

* There is no 4-Way Stop in Puerto Rico

* Gas is measured in Liters instead of Gallons

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7. Re: Traffic Laws

Just to set things straight... Puerto Rico is a US territory.

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8. Re: Traffic Laws

...and Salida means exit. It isn't the town all roads lead to. (Hubby asked "what is this place Salida-all the roads seem to go to it." NO-that means EXIT silly! He is still teased about it.)

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9. Re: Traffic Laws

Having an open container with alkohl is $ 500, not $ 150 for anyone in the car, not only the driver !!!!

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10. Re: Traffic Laws

Having an open container with alcohl is $ 500, not $ 150 for anyone in the car, not only the driver !!!!