Apprehend overloading, dilapidated vehicles

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


IN ANOTHER beer talk held in 11 Bar at Lopue’s Art District, some senior citizens took to the table the discussion about road safety in the city and province.

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A former car salesman told the group that he noticed that traffic authorities like Philippine National Police, Traffic Management Unit, and the Land Transportation Office are not concerned about ensuring road safety along the highways. He said they tolerate public utility vehicles and tricycles to simply abuse and violate road safety rules. The salesman said he noticed that traffic authorities in some municipalities tolerate tricycle drivers that overload their vehicles with even students on the roof and the driver already in standing position.

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At night, you will notice jeepneys plying the routes of the southern towns of Negros Occidental overloading their vehicles without being apprehended, the bank manager mentioned.

He said that this is the mentality of Filipino culture – if nothing happens that is hazardous, the Filipino mentality will just keep blind on things. When something happens like accidents or deaths, here come the politicos and agencies of government acting like bulldogs and German shepherds.

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He said the LTO keeps on apprehending drivers of private vehicles without seat belts and motorcycle drivers without helmets. They do not apprehend public utility buses or jeeps that have no stop lights, signal lights or have worn out tires. These are more dangerous aspects because public utility vehicles carry many lives on board, the retired executive added.

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Maybe they do not apprehend public utility drivers because they pity them and they just concentrate on private vehicles, the car salesman added. What a society of nincompoops does this kenkoy country called the Philippines has?

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This column greets LTO boss Renato Novero for his efficiency drive in his agency; kudos to Congressman Jeff Ferrer for the continued rehabilitation of national roads in his district; to MBCCI head Frank Carbon for his efforts in bringing in business opportunities to the city and province; to president Carla Cañet of Negros Press Club for giving the members a taste of experience in travel and social experiences always; Pastor Efren dela Cruz for his continued drive to good health always; and to Atty. Sammy Palanca for his vision to move Bacolod City to greater heights.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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