Traffic Updates

Traffic Advisory for the Week of July 27 - August 2

July 24, 2020

Road Safety Reminder for the Week

The Right–of–Way Rules are:

  1. At intersections without traffic control devices, such as STOP or YIELD signs or Traffic Control Signs:
    • The first vehicle in the intersection has the right to go ahead. Keep in mind, however, that it is the responsibility of all drivers to yield the right-of-way. When two vehicles enter an intersection from different streets or highways at the same time, the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. (Section 3325)
  2. At Through Highways with STOP Signs:
    • After you have stopped for a STOP sign, let any cars that are within the intersection (or approaching so closely that they may hit you) pass before you enter the through highway. On a divided highway, consider the danger of approaching cars on the further roadway before crossing it. Continue to yield the right of way at a STOP sign until such a time as you can proceed with reasonable safety.
    • All vehicles on any secondary road which intersects with a through highway must STOP before entering or crossing the through highway, even if no official STOP sign is posted. If you are on the through highway and you see a vehicle some distance ahead that is crossing or about to cross after it has stopped at a STOP sign, you must slow down and allow the vehicle to proceed. (Section 3326)
  3. Left Turns
    • When you approach an intersection, give the proper signal for at least 100 feet before turning. The law requires you to wait until it is safe for you to complete your turn. You must give the right-of-way to all cars approaching from the opposite direction on the same roadway that are close enough to be dangerous, and you may make the turn only when it is safe to do so.
    • These rules are especially important on divided highways with several lanes, where you must consider the danger of approaching cars in each lane while turning.
    • These rules also apply to left turns into an alley, private road or property, or driveway. (Section 3321)
  4. Private Driveways
    • When you enter a street or highway from a driveway, alley or from private property, you must not interfere with the safe operation of cars approaching from either direction. You must wait to enter the highway until it is safe to do so (Section 3327).
    • When it can be done safely, you may cross a solid white or yellow line in the middle of the roadway into an alley or driveway. You may lawfully make a left turn across such a solid line for either of these maneuvers after you have mad e certain that no approaching vehicle is an immediate hazard
  5. Emergency Vehicles
    • Upon the approach of an authorized emergency vehicle (ambulance, police, fire equipment, civil defense, explosive ordinance, etc.) that is sounding a siren and/or displaying flashing red or blue lights, all highway users must yield the right-of-way, as stated in the Motor Vehicle Code of Guam (Section 3333).
      1. The operators of all other vehicles shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection and thereupon stop and remain in such position until such authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.
      2. All pedestrians upon the highway shall remain in a place of safety until such authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.
  6. Pedestrian’s Right of Way at Crosswalks
    • The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided by this Code.
    • Whenever any vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicles.

According to Guam’s Traffic Violation Bureau’s (TVB) Traffic Fine Schedule

GCA (Guam Code Annotated) Code Description Eff. 01/01/14
3325 Failure to Yield at an Intersection $100.00
3326A Fail to Yield Before Entering Through Highway $100.00
3327A Fail to Yield Before Entering From Private Driveway $100.00
3328 Fail to Yield to Pedestrian $200.00
3329 Fail to Yield to Pedestrian (Intersection) $200.00

 

Guam Construction Update

Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through all construction zones, observe all posted speed limit and construction signs, and carefully heed to flaggers. Alternative routes and/or adjusting drive times when feasible are encouraged.

 

Route 3 Widening

The traffic signals at the Route 3/Artero Road and Route 3/Chalan Kareta intersections are in full operation. Motorists are advised to obey the traffic signals.
 

Harmon Industrial Park Roadway Rehabilitation

Hawaiian Rock Products (HRP) will continue construction activities on Harmon Industrial Park Road. There will be intermittent lane closures at various locations within the project limits between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
 

Route 4 Malojloj Highway - Talofofo Bay (Surfside) to 76 Gas Station

DPW will continue road construction and repairs along Route 4 Malojloj Highway from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. There will be intermittent lane closures. Motorists are advised to drive cautiously, observe all posted traffic signs and carefully heed to flaggers.