Road between Sosúa and Cabarete

Kricke87

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I'm a bit surprised that nobody has commented that last few weeks CRAZY traffic accidents that has occurred on the "highway" between Sosúa and Cabarete, specifically around Perla Marina.
There has been at least half a dozen serious accidents on that road just the last few weeks, and the worst happened on Monday that sadly cost 3 lifes and 8 seriously injured.

This is getting out of control. Daily I fear for my life while driving, both from crazy motos who don't have respect for their own life or others, and from other 2 axel vehicles:

Don't really know what else to say, except that the government has to do something soon as this is getting ridiculous.
 

ando1991

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I believe a traffic light or 2 may slow down the traffic. The road was paved(huge potholes) to reduce accidents but now that the road is smooth, speeding is the problem. I also believe people have no clue on how to pass a car.
 

cavok

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I'm a bit surprised that nobody has commented that last few weeks CRAZY traffic accidents that has occurred on the "highway" between Sosúa and Cabarete, specifically around Perla Marina.
There has been at least half a dozen serious accidents on that road just the last few weeks, and the worst happened on Monday that sadly cost 3 lifes and 8 seriously injured.

This is getting out of control. Daily I fear for my life while driving, both from crazy motos who don't have respect for their own life or others, and from other 2 axel vehicles:

Don't really know what else to say, except that the government has to do something soon as this is getting ridiculous.
From what I heard, there have been two more accidents in that same area between Encuentro and Perla Marina since Monday. That short stretch of road is known for having many serious accident.

In the one on Monday, a taxi driver and two of his passengers were supposedly killed by a gringo passing another car in the opposite direction. It ended up being a multi-car accident with other injuries. It's times like this that you want to be driving on a Dominican license.
 

Kricke87

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From what I heard, there have been two more accidents in that same area between Encuentro and Perla Marina since Monday. That short stretch of road is known for having many serious accident.

In the one on Monday, a taxi driver and two of his passengers were supposedly killed by a gringo passing another car in the opposite direction. It ended up being a multi-car accident with other injuries. It's times like this that you want to be driving on a Dominican license.
Just saw a FB post that there was another accident last night there.
And yes that accident last Monday was very ugly, and from what I've heard is was another vehicle that was overtaking the public transport car and wasn't able to get back into his lane. There is even footage of that other vehicle speeding down the street close to Banco Popular in batey just minutes before the accident, so how would that vehicle come from Cabarete if he was driving towards Cabarete? But of course they blame the "gringo"...
 
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Some of the most deadly accidents in the DR are on stretches of roads like this one and they are almost always caused by a moron driver trying to gain one minute of time dangerously passing. And you can lay 10-1 that it is a Dominican driver.................
 
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I believe a traffic light or 2 may slow down the traffic. The road was paved(huge potholes) to reduce accidents but now that the road is smooth, speeding is the problem. I also believe people have no clue on how to pass a car.
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"I also believe people have no clue on how to pass a car." Agree! Could be they just do not give a sh**. On many occasions this poster has observed locos passing, going into the opposing lane against traffic. What is worse, are the locos traveling narrow roads who pass at high speed on curves and hills, thus not able to see oncoming traffic. No fear for their safety and that of others. "Hell"

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PJT
 

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The accident was between a carro público and a Jipeta, not sure which one was responsible for causing the head-on collision where four people was pronounced dead and some others were seriously injured.
The public transportation vehicle serves the route Gaspar Hernandez / Sosua.

Something that called my attention is the fancy set of rims installed in the carro público.

JJ
 
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Seamonkey

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I drove from Sosua to Cabarete and back this morning around 10am. I always drive 80km/h which I find safe on these roads. I was tailgated and passed numerous times by taxis and guaguas only to have them stop shortly after on the side of the road to pick up or drop off a passenger. Saw many motos reading messages on their phones and swerving. It is much worse than it was 3-5 years ago. Not sure what the solution is as the authorities don't enforce anything. For sure I think ATV's should be banned on all paved roads. A dominican kissed a post in front of Sosua Cheese factory 2 nights ago and died. He had one of those high speed ATV's.
 

cavok

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Just saw a FB post that there was another accident last night there.
And yes that accident last Monday was very ugly, and from what I've heard is was another vehicle that was overtaking the public transport car and wasn't able to get back into his lane. There is even footage of that other vehicle speeding down the street close to Banco Popular in batey just minutes before the accident, so how would that vehicle come from Cabarete if he was driving towards Cabarete? But of course they blame the "gringo"...
Other the the two vehicles were traveling in the opposite direction and that the grino was ;passing another cr when the head-on collision occurred, it wasn't clear which directions they were were travelling(?). So, from what you heard, a car was passing the taxi and collided head-on with the gringo in the SUV. resulting in a multi-car accident that killed the taxi driver and two of his passengers? Anyway, down here, the gringo is almost always at fault regardless of the circumstances.
 

cavok

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The accident was between a carro público and a Jipeta, not sure which one was responsible for causing the head-on collision where four people was pronounced dead and some others were seriously injured.
The public transportation vehicle serves the route Gaspar Hernandez / Sosua.

Something that called my attention is the fancy set of rims installed in the carro público.

JJ
Very rare to see fancy rims on a publico!
 
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cavok

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Some of the most deadly accidents in the DR are on stretches of roads like this one and they are almost always caused by a moron driver trying to gain one minute of time dangerously passing. And you can lay 10-1 that it is a Dominican driver.................
It's just unbelievable how many accidents occur on this short stretch of road that's maybe 1/2 mile long. I think there's at least one a year - some years more.
 

El Hijo de Manolo

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It's just unbelievable how many accidents occur on this short stretch of road that's maybe 1/2 mile long. I think there's at least one a year - some years more.
This road has always been bad. Many dangerous parts where the oncoming traffic seems to come out of nowhere. SKY is correct here as some moron is always trying to beat a bus or the public bus drivers taking all the passengers' lives into his hands by passing on the curve. The interesting part is the locals never think twice about it. Road safety and safe driving is not a priority for most of the country, sadly enough. There are so many dangerous parts of hwy 5 on the North coast some that come to mind is a part arriving Cabrera a super dangerous curve at the sector known as El Puerto directly front of the Marina de Guerra and also up further en route to Nagua, "dead man's curve".
 
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Seamonkey

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This road has always been bad. Many dangerous parts where the oncoming traffic seems to come out of nowhere. SKY is correct here as some moron is always trying to beat a bus or the public bus drivers taking all the passengers' lives into his hands by passing on the curve. The interesting part is the locals never think twice about it. Road safety and safe driving is not a priority for most of the country, sadly enough. There are so many dangerous parts of hwy 5 on the North coast some that come to mind is a part arriving Cabrera a super dangerous curve at the sector known as El Puerto directly front of the Marina de Guerra and also up further en route to Nagua, "dead man's curve".
I had many close calls on my motorcycle coming around those curves and having a vehicle in my lane that refused to move.
 

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Returning from Cabarete I was being "tailed" by a large truck ; I indicated to turn right into Perla Marina, no sooner had I done so, the truck starts to overtake me on the bend by the Colmado and Crazy Ranch. Thank God there was nothing coming the other way otherwise I dont think I would be writing this post.
It begs me to ask, if anyone understands the "double yellow lines" painted on the road ? Did the Government purchase an excess of paint ?
 

cavok

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This road has always been bad. Many dangerous parts where the oncoming traffic seems to come out of nowhere. SKY is correct here as some moron is always trying to beat a bus or the public bus drivers taking all the passengers' lives into his hands by passing on the curve. The interesting part is the locals never think twice about it. Road safety and safe driving is not a priority for most of the country, sadly enough. There are so many dangerous parts of hwy 5 on the North coast some that come to mind is a part arriving Cabrera a super dangerous curve at the sector known as El Puerto directly front of the Marina de Guerra and also up further en route to Nagua, "dead man's curve".
Yes. You have a combination of a blind curve going up a hill, bad asphalt patches that drivers try to avoid, and a lot of total idiots.
 

cavok

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Returning from Cabarete I was being "tailed" by a large truck ; I indicated to turn right into Perla Marina, no sooner had I done so, the truck starts to overtake me on the bend by the Colmado and Crazy Ranch. Thank God there was nothing coming the other way otherwise I dont think I would be writing this post.
It begs me to ask, if anyone understands the "double yellow lines" painted on the road ? Did the Government purchase an excess of paint ?
Tailgaters here are the worst. If you have to brake suddenly for an animal in the road or even slow down faster an normal to make a turn - you're going to get rear-ended for sure.
 

El Hijo de Manolo

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Returning from Cabarete I was being "tailed" by a large truck ; I indicated to turn right into Perla Marina, no sooner had I done so, the truck starts to overtake me on the bend by the Colmado and Crazy Ranch. Thank God there was nothing coming the other way otherwise I dont think I would be writing this post.
It begs me to ask, if anyone understands the "double yellow lines" painted on the road ? Did the Government purchase an excess of paint ?
Double yellow=passing on the curve permitted
 

rogerjac

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One of the problems on that stretch of road is the lack of shoulders. Shoulders generally keep the bikes to the side so cars don't have to go around them and also gives some cars some space to allow other cars to pass them. When passing there is only so much room to maneuver to avoid other cars trying to pass in the opposite direction.
 
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slowmo

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Tailgaters here are the worst. If you have to brake suddenly for an animal in the road or even slow down faster an normal to make a turn - you're going to get rear-ended for sure.
That's sure to be your fault.
 
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