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Traffic Rules:
Gambian Traffic Signs:In Gambia they drive on the right hand side of the road and the speed limits on the major highways is 70km per hour and comes down to 25 km per hour in residential areas, a school zone or near a hospital / health centre. However, many drivers ignore speed limits particularly along the Bertil Harding Highway leading to Senegambia area with Saturday nights being the worst day for accidents there due to drunk drivers who care little about road safety. Some of the laws regulating transport can be found under the Motor Traffic Ordinance of 1948. Also be careful about coming up too close to taxis on Kairaba Avenue as they are liable to suddenly stop when they see a potential client.

Police Check-Points:
Never go past a police road stop without standing still as this is an offence and always be ready to show your insurance and driving licence. This will save you a lot of time trying to explain what the regulations are as in reality your time will be unnecessarily wasted while they wait for an 'on-the-spot' fine 'voluntarily' given by you in order for your vehicle to be released. To also avoid the above fate you must make sure all your lights, breaks and windscreen wipers are in good working order.

Dangerous Driving:
It is an offence to drive while drunk and you may find yourself issued a court summons and punished with a fine and / or imprisonment. Reckless and bad drivers are also subject to the same punishable fines and / or incarceration by law.

Seat Belts:
It is now compulsory to wear a seat belt and you are strongly advised to wear one as the standard of driving in the country is atrociously bad and many people don't respect let alone understand traffic regulations and signs. Failure to wear a seat belt can lead to a fine. It is common to see people driving on the wrong side of the road in order to make a short cut.

Pedestrian Side Driving!:
It is an offence to drive on the side of the road that is reserved for pedestrians. This might seem obvious but you will see no end of taxi drivers and impatient people using this strip on the manor highways to bypass a traffic jam or to escape the attention of the police due to expired motor documents.

Final Word on Road Safety:
Never assume anything about the intentions of other drivers and drive with great caution as well as look all around you. Apart from cars he other hazards include animals roaming onto the roads, reckless pedestrians, other cars swerving to avoid pot-holes.


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