Private vehicles blamed for traffic woes

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Monday, February 3, 2014


PRIVATE vehicles have been blamed by a group of student volunteers and some members of the Road and Traffic Administration (RTA) as the cause of traffic woes in Cagayan de Oro City.

Carl Tan, a student volunteer from the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of Xavier University, said based on survey results, private cars are the main cause behind traffic congestion.

The survey, he said, tackled on the primary problems of traffic in the city.

The respondents of the survey were security guards, passengers and drivers, sidewalk vendors and ordinary citizens who get to observe traffic on a daily basis.

Tan said the vendors in Cogon market are no longer causing traffic congestion but it is the private car drivers who double-park.

One of the volunteers, Dene Feniza, said some of the drivers couldn’t follow the simple rules of traffic.

Feniza agreed that private cars tend to double-park, thus creating a momentary gridlock.

“The problem of public utility vehicles dropping passengers everywhere has been lessened, but now it’s the private cars that are causing traffic,” Feniza added.

RTA personnel assigned in Divisoria also agreed that it is the private cars in the area that caused the congestion.

Ronabel Cubelo, a traffic enforcer, said private cars also parked in the ‘yellow box.’

The ‘yellow box’ is the area designated for public utility vehicles to load and unload passengers.

Cubelo added that private cars in parking areas have a tendency to double-park which is a violation to the rules of traffic.

Irish Lacorte, also a traffic enforcer, said private cars even park on the pedestrian lane.

She added private cars always get away with it through using their hazard lights, and other lame excuses they hear almost every day.

Lacrote said ‘dispatchers’ or ‘barkers’ in Divisoria allow or even call on drivers to double park or park on areas not designated for parking.

She furthered these dispatchers do not have the permit or the right to do such actions.

Appalling

Cubelo said the traffic enforcers always approach private cars with decency.

“There is a proper approach for the drivers of private cars,” she said.

But, Cubelo added that private car drivers are rude to traffic enforcers.

“They tend to throw the traffic tickets that are given to them,” said Cubelo.

Sheeree Jatico, a traffic enforcer, said sometimes drivers of private cars would curse them and thrown expletives at them.

Cubelo added there have been instances that they reported the incident to the police officers.

Jatico said they need the police officers to support them in enforcing traffic rules.

She said that if the private car drivers do not follow what they say, then maybe the police officers might make them obedient to the traffic rules.

Beating the red light

Tan, along with other NSTP volunteers from Xavier University, conducted an information drive in one of the streets in Divisoria.

The volunteers were carrying placards with “Wear your helmet please,” “Use the pedestrian lane,” and other statements to remind the pedestrians, drivers and passengers on the basic traffic rules.

Still, they noticed some people violating the rules of traffic.

Bel Palanca, a volunteer, said some of the drivers would beat the red light.

She furthered that some private cars while waiting for the ‘go signal’ occupy the pedestrian lane.

Palanca added that some pedestrians could not wait for the right time to cross the street.

The volunteers, who also advocate Hapsay Dalan, also noticed the non-wearing of helmet of motorcycle drivers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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