By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor
Motorists who plan to use the stretch of the Philip Goldson Highway near the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge route are advised that the police will enforce traffic regulations along this highway for the duration of the four-day race.
During a press briefing on Monday, Senior. Supt. Edward Broaster announced that checkpoints will be set up near the Burrell Boom police station, and at the Burrell Boom junction with the Philip Goldson highway. Another checkpoint will be set up at the Manatee Lookout near mile 8 on the same highway.
“This is to ensure that we capture any individual who is driving under the influence of alcohol and to deter those who are speeding on the highway,” Broaster said. “We will have additional patrols in certain key areas s to prevent accidents and loss of life during this event,” he added.
Officers will also be posted at Henderson’s Bank, and along the route where people normally congregate to see the race. Spectators and fans who traditionally assemble on the Haulover Bridge for hours before the race will no longer be allowed to do, Broaster warned, but there will be some consideration given to spectators in moving traffic.
When the race approaches the bridge, the rules will be relaxed so that fans people can go on the bridge to see the race as it turns into the Haulover Creek. Bu the bridge will be cleared of pedestrians once the canoers have passed.
Vehicles will not be allowed to slow down or to stop on the highway to see the race from the bridge, senior Supt. Broaster said.. Every vehicle that passes the checkpoint will be checked, Broaster said, and open bottles with drinks will be removed from the vehicle.