The ultimate road discipline

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


TWO years ago, I was asked how long does it take to instill discipline among “pasaway” drivers so that road discipline can be achieved, that is if I were to solve the problem on traffic.

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The told the interviewer it would take only 36 hours to instill discipline on the road. Many who heard it and those who are reading this column now would say that the guy who gave that answer is boastful or mayabang or bolero. That answer was given because the interviewer asked me on the presumption that it was this writer who is to resolve the problem.

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Yes sir, it is possible since this writer already knows the solution provided that there is cooperation from the city officials, traffic authorities and police offices. Of course I could not give the solution in this column. It is all in my mind.

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Generally, there is only one ultimate process to resolve road problems. It is only apprehension of violating drivers. Traffic enforcers must have the power to apprehend through a City Council resolution similar to those of Iloilo and Cebu City governments.

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Yes, it can be done without making the motorists hate the politicians who are afraid of losing votes in the election. There are strategies to enforce the law. There are ways to make violators realize that violation of laws must not be a habit.

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Many drivers do a U-Turn along the railings near the Lagoon, near Rolling Hills, and in Lacson-Galo Streets. Well, drivers do this because there is no signage to warn them. Last week, it was reported on Facebook that the Land Transportation Office Region 6 vehicle was seen by motorists doing a U-Turn at the 6th Street-Lacsons area. Is this a good example or an exemption of authorities? The public wants to know.

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On Facebook, it was also seen that the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office tow truck did not show its LTO vehicle number plate. Is this okay, asked the drinking golfer who saw it on the road? And how about those cars that have rear plates covered with black plastic? What is your say, LTO Region 6?

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This column says good day to Mayor Juliet Marie Ferrer, Gabby and Tess Bongco, Jim Javellana, Rushty Ramos, Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, Toto Tarrosa, Christine Tomas, Henry Espinosa, Tikboy Martir, Marites Dela, Vicente Lovina, Alvin Rongo, Chinchin Uy and Joseph Sian.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 08, 2014.

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