Zero visibility-A A +A
Friday, January 11, 2013
THE sky is clear. A mere cloud dots the horizon. The sun is up ablaze. Yet you can hardly see what is in front of you.
Such is the state of our province right now. Whether you are a pedestrian, a commuter, or drive your own vehicle in the daily rush, there are instances in pocket areas where you could hardly decipher what lies ahead of you. We have all the dark and cloudy haze that is exhausted at the rear end of the modern convenience called vehicles to blame for this. Of course, not all such contraptions produce such defecating forms of miasma that can cause accidents and not all are locally registered means of transport. Dare we say some are even visitors or, should we say, bwisitors?
The mist and vapor that gets extruded from the rear ends of some vehicles just cause visibility to be zero. Woe to the pedestrian who gets struck by a vehicle behind the errant petroleum guzzler that happens to lie ahead by just 10 meters. Woe to the commuter whose public transport vehicle may be rear-ended in a similar scenario. Woe to the driver behind such monstrosities because he or she might just fall off a ditch or hit an unnoticed stone and sustain injuries or perhaps sustain damages in the vehicle that would require costly repairs.
The government’s efforts to remove haze and smog producing vehicles from the streets seem to have decreased their presence but such brutes and beasts remain to be too many still. Bwisitors should be stopped and not allowed entrance into the province with such a cloud producing vehicle. Hybrid cars should be available, as well as those that run on electricity or even solar powered vehicles.
Such a wonder, ain’t it, that despite the fair weather we have been having of late, that our province has zero visibility in certain areas? Our beloved pines and other plants can’t clean the pollutants we have expelled through the different modern travelling machines coursing around the streets. Dare I ask, “Is our province going the way of Shanghai and Beijing?”
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 11, 2013.