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To explain the major issue of there being an inadequate number of emergency vehicles in my local community I must first describe the demographics geography and culture of Guam The Territory of Guam also known as the Guam USA is an island in the Western Pacific Ocean and is an unincorporated territory of the United States Guams economy is mainly supported by tourism 90 of all visitors come from Japan and a US armed forces base Guam is about 30 miles long and of variable width about 8 miles maximum The roads of Guam are overcrowded and consequently in fairly poor condition and there are always construction projects disrupting traffic in the busiest areas To drive from the southern end to the northern end takes about two hours It can take a lot longer if you adhere to the speed limits 45 mph is the maximum legal speed on Guam Based on my own experience the average driving speed on the island is over 55 mph in mostly 35 mph zones In the max speed zones of 45 mph it seems people drive 60 mph Commonly trucks and cars referred to as boony cars on the island are dilapidated rust ridden dragging their rear on the road have sparks flying smoke blowing off and their tires flattened by unsafe loads or sagging suspension Another hazard on the roads of Guam is the high incidence of drug-impaired alcohol and ice mostly drivers on Guams roads Drunks collide with pedestrians and cyclists nearly every month of the year Guams weather is a major factor contributing to the police departments issue with emergency vehicles I have been told that Guam gets hit by an average of one typhoon every eight years Guam is situated in the prime tropical cyclone formation area of the western Pacific and cyclones can and do occur every month of the year The island lies in the path of tropical storms and typhoons that
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