Ask Cap’n Greg N.51
Getting from Point A to Point B isn’t always an easy task, especially in a foreign country. However, Rocky Point is a small city with mostly good streets, so visitors should have very little trouble, unless they want to do it fast. Stop lights tend to take, on average, about 45 minutes to change from red to green. That allows plenty of time for street vendors to surround your vehicle to sell you El Imparcial newspapers, parakeets, Mexican flags in 23 sizes, baskets of fresh-picked fruit and Our Lady of Guadalupe candles. You will seldom be offered all those things at once, but if it does happen, you can be assured the light won’t change quick enough to spoil the sales pitches. This month’s inquiries about Rocky Point traffic flow are as follows:
Q: Is there an organized bus system in Puerto Peñasco like there is in Cancún?
A: Yowza! The word “organized” threw me for a second. There are certainly buses that run here and there in Rocky Point. If you get up early enough, you’ll see uniformed workers awaiting private buses that take them to the Mayan Palace and other places to work. You’ll also see buses loading and unloading passengers who are traveling to and from town. The city is so small, the taxis are so cheap, and everyone has at least one car and two bicycles, so maybe public transportation is not a priority item on the mayor’s agenda. But I could be wrong.
Q: At the intersections which have traffic lights, can I turn right on the red light?
A: Sure, why not? You can also turn left, back up and honk your horn. But if there’s a cop nearby you could get a ticket. Seriously, turning right on red after stopping is accepted internationally, and even in semi-populated, faraway places like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. But be aware that many drivers will not bother to stop, either because they have no brakes, or they are in a hurry to beat oncoming traffic because beating oncoming traffic is their number one goal in life. Good luck.
Q: At intersections where there are stop signs, who gets to go through first?
A: In the States, the first person to arrive at the stop sign is, by law and by driving etiquette, the first person to advance through the intersection. If two cars arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right always has the right of way, and can proceed first. In Mexico, however, you should take for granted that no matter who gets to the intersection first, the guy who arrives last will probably turn in front of you and generally deny that you and your SUV pulling a 38-foot trailer actually exist in this solar system. I say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. When you get to town, park your car and take a cab. The ride is like Space Mountain at Disney World, but lots cheaper.