Team to beef up traffic enforcement-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE City Government’s Task Force Hapsay Dalan team will now enforce stricter measures to curb traffic congestion by apprehending reckless drivers and sidewalk vendors in the busy streets of Cagayan de Oro City.
Abusive drivers and sidewalk vendors continue to violate the mapped-out traffic control program of the new administration despite the implementation of the road rules, said lawyer Edgardo Uy, head of the task force.
Having been tolerant of erring motorists, Uy said the City Government will now strengthen the traffic control campaign through immediate apprehension of abusive drivers and confiscate items from the sidewalk vendors.
“This is (done) without mercy,” he said.
Uy said they have been lenient to motorists in their enforcement of the traffic rules and regulations for the past three months, and yet drivers have not learned their lessons.
On Tuesday, the task force composed of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA), Philippine National Police (PNP) enforcers and traffic volunteers conducted the traffic control program in Divisoria area.
As they enforced the traffic rules, the team issued 145 citation tickets to drivers of 13 ‘motorelas,’ 86 motorcycles, 12 taxis, 13 jeepneys and 21 private cars, RTA in-charge Marlon Oponda said.
He said additional citation tickets was issued to 56 drivers with no helmet, 14 for illegal parking, 24 for obstruction, 34 with defective headlights, and 17 drivers with no license and registration.
Oponda said they also impounded 16 motorcycles and one motorela for no registration. The impounded motorcycles were brought to the RTA office in Barangay Kauswagan.
Uy said they have raised the penalty fees so abusive drivers will be apprehensive in violating traffic rules and regulations.
He said his office has not yet acted on the problems of sidewalk vendors as it prioritizes on the traffic violators, but added that they will conduct an operation for these vendors in the following days.
Meanwhile, driver June Meris said the City Government should be serious in dealing with the never-ending traffic problem in the city.
Meris said the government should look into the major existing problems, including improper management, road use, illegal parking and continue traffic education to the drivers.
Albert Madera, a concerned citizen, noticed that most Kagay-anon drivers don’t observe traffic rules, especially following different road and traffic signs.
Madera said LTO should be strict in issuing driver’s license, and make sure that the driver has complete knowledge of the traffic laws and regulations.
Virgilio Saniel, a resident of Barangay Carmen, said in terms of penalties, the RTA should not focus on the how much the violators should pay.
Saniel said abusive drivers can easily pay penalties, thus, they continue to violate the traffic rules and regulations.
Saniel prefers doing community service as penalty to erring drivers.
He said doing community service will perhaps minimize traffic violations, for it requires time and effort on the part of the drivers which could give more inconvenience.
Saniel said the proposed penalty will not only minimize traffic violations, it will help the city become clean as traffic violators will become street cleaners.
With that strategy, Saniel believes that discipline will surely be instilled in the minds of the erring drivers.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 18, 2013.