Set up of CCTVs, traffic lights on track

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


CLOSED-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and traffic lights are being mounted by the members of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) in 62 and 43 locations in Cagayan de Oro City respectively.

“As of now, the installation of CCTVs and traffic lights is still ongoing. We are at 25 percent installing the lights and 75 percent for the CCTVs,” RTA overseer Jose Edgardo Uy said Monday.

The 43 spots are located in the city’s intersections where 29 traffic lights would be put up while 14 would replace the old and defective traffic lights.

The City Government allotted P93 million for this project, which will include the setting up of a monitoring station that bases at City Hall.

The station will act as the ‘watchdog’ of the traffic activities in the city.

“We are still looking for the right organization that can handle the job properly. We are still looking into the tiny details and when we’re done, we will take into consideration to train them too,” he said.

Expanding discipline

Since the strict implementation of road and traffic policies in the city in March, particularly in the Divisoria area, people have slowly become disciplined by following rules like crossing only on pedestrian lanes and parking their vehicles on designated spots or “white boxes.”

Public utility jeepneys (PUJs) are also required to load and unload their passengers on “yellow boxes.”

The pilot project in Divisoria will end in June and expand it to Hayes and J.R. Borja streets and later on at the Cogon market area.

“As for Cogon, we cannot implement the kind of discipline we have in Divisoria. It’s not like we issue it today and we implement it a day after, that would be too impossible. It needs a lot of planning and strategizing,” he said.

Not only pedestrians have obeyed the traffic policies implemented by the RTA, but also the motorists.

The truck ban, which takes effect 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., are still strictly implemented, said Uy.

“The 4,500 gross weight [of the vehicle] is still the basis of the truck ban. Eight-wheeled and above are also not allowed. But regardless of how many wheels they have, as long as they fall under the 4,500 gross weight, they would still be arrested,” he added.

These trucks are prohibited to ply their routes in the city streets during rush hours to prevent adding up to the traffic, he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 06, 2014.

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