THE Davao City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) issued traffic citation tickets (TCT) to some 293 jaywalkers on Monday, September 11.
This, despite repeated reminders, that jaywalkers will be apprehended and issued tickets starting on the same day.
CTTMO chief Dionisio Abude said that majority of the apprehended were in San Pedro and Ilustre streets.
"Some already paid their citation tickets," Abude said in the vernacular, although he was quick to add that they will know how many paid only after the City Treasurer's Office gives them a list of payment.
Abude said that they will gauge the effectiveness of the implementation in the coming days.
"Ug effective siya mahibal-an nato pila ang madakpan everyday nga nagapababa ang apprehensions tapos makita nato nga hapsay na ang kalsada, ibig sabihin effective atong kampanya, pero kung nibaba ang apprehension tapos nagyagaw gihapon ang kalsada dunay problema sa enforcement, wala kaayo mag-enforce (We will know if it's effective if we can see a decreasing trend in apprehensions and there is order on the streets. But if there is decreased apprehension later and still there is no order on the streets, then we will know that there is a problem on enforcement)," he said.
For the first day, Abude said, he is satisfied with the results.
"Pero sa nakita nako hapsay naman kaayo labi na kadtong loading or unloading dili na kaayo sa kanto nag park, kay makita nila nga naay citation. Mao man na akong gisulti sa mga driver nga sige kung magpabadlong mo, ang inyong 500 to 700 maadto lang sa bayad sa citation ticket so mao nang ingon ana siguro nga effective (As I can see, the roads are in order because there are lessened number of drivers who commit loading and unloading violations, since they can see that the enforcers are holding citation tickets. I already told the drivers that if they will continue violating the code, their P500 to P700 earnings will just go to paying for citation tickets. So I think we sent the right message)," he added.
He also said that enforcers also issued TCT to 160 drivers as of 5 p.m. on Monday.
These drivers were fined for truck ban, road obstruction, speed limit, and others.
Deputized enforcers from the CTTMO started the issuance of TCT pursuant to the city ordinance No. 03340-12 with a list of common violations and penalties.
A fine of P100 is intended for violation of anti-jaywalking and failure to pay of such fines may cause filing of complaints against the violator.
Violations with highest penalty in the ticket is the driving under the influence of alcohol with a prescribed fine of P5,000 followed by reckless and dangerous driving with P1,500 fine.
Violations with P1,000 fine are loading/unloading of passengers on undesignated area, failure to switch on headlights, truck ban, no-PUV (public utility vehicle) Drivers identification card.
Drivers will also be fined with P500 for violation of speed limit, no registration, no driver's license, illegal parking, obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, no safety helmets, modification of muffler on motorcycle, and excess passenger.
To be fined with P300 are those who are not wearing seat belt.
While some of the violations are not on the ticket itself, CTTMO officer-in-charge Dionisio Abude, in an interview with SunStar Davao last Friday, said that enforcers have laminated copies of other violations not included in the TCT list.
Abude said they have completed their preparations for the issuance of citation tickets.
"We had already conducted our information dissemination; we have also coordinated with the Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the city government especially the City Treasurer's Office, City Legal Office and the Davao City Social Services and Development Office. We have also completed the training for the enforcers we will deputize, and also in fact, the City Transportation and Traffic Management Board unanimously approved the implementation of the issuance of the ticket starting September 11," he said.
Abude earlier asked the public to respect the law and the implementation of the ordinance for their safety and to ease traffic.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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