Hundreds caught in anti-jaywalking campaign

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


HUNDREDS of anti-jaywalking violators have been apprehended in Cagayan de Oro City since the policy’s implementation in the streets of Divisoria last Saturday.

Lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, Task Force Hapsay Dalan (TFHD) chairman, said that they apprehended around 140 violators on March 6, the fifth day of their operation.

He said on the first day of the policy implementation, the task force caught 266 violators, and 85 more on the next day. On March 3, the group collared 268 violators but on succeeding days, the number went down to around 110 to 140.

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As to the illegal parking violations, Uy said they clamped 16 vehicles, averaging three private vehicles per day, which is an improvement because the group observed there were less illegal parking violators already.

Uy is hoping that the day will come when they won’t have to catch someone, "because it is an indication that the people are already following and well-informed about the law."

City Administrator Roy Hilario Raagas told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that further education is needed because there are still those who violate the road policies.

Like Uy, Raagas is optimistic that soon, there will be no more apprehensions on traffic violations.

Uy's team vowed to continue its education campaigns regarding traffic rules and regulations.

‘Yellow boxes’

Uy observes that public utility vehicles are now following road policies as drivers are dropping and picking up passengers on the yellow boxes -- the loading and unloading areas for jeepneys.

“Pitohan lang mosunod na ang mga public utility vehicles,” Uy said.

He said that sooner or later, following traffic rules will become a normal behavior of drivers and passengers.

He said, however, that more notices and information campaign should be launched to always remind the people about the rules of the road.

Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) chief of operations Engr. Ricardo Valerio said Divisoria is the pilot area for the “Hapsay Dalan” campaign, and so far, it has been doing good.

Valerio said that although some people think of it as “martial law-like” implementation, it's just implementing road policies.

Violators rendered community service in their office, he said.

He added though that some of the students who were apprehended could not do community service in the RTA office because of conflict of schedules. Instead, he refers the students back to TFHD for their community service.

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Valerio believes that what is being implemented in Divisoria would soon be implemented in the whole city.

Raagas assured the traffic education campaigns will continue in big barangays like Carmen and Lapasan.

He said sooner or later, the roads toward the villages will become “hapsay” or orderly. “The day will come when drivers will refuse to pick up passengers who are not in the loading and unloading zones,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 08, 2014.

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