Editorial: Needless rants vs speed limits

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


WE'VE been hearing it every day. The rants about the 30 kilometer per hour speed limit in downtown areas.

There are those who rant through social networking sites and those who rant to anyone they get in touch with as taxi drivers do. We say, chill.

True, there will be those who will be against the speed limit.

Admittedly, 30 kph downtown is indeed very slow. But, as Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said, that is what the law says and his executive order simply picks it out of the archives and implements it.

Meaning, ranting on Facebook and to your fellow motorist will do nothing. That is a useless rant, guaranteed to destroy your day, but will not do any good. Much like worrying, really. Whether you worry about a problem or not, the problem will remain if you do not solve it.

Now, if we have enough numbers who want a faster speed limit, then the action that will guarantee some change will be to lobby for the amendment of the law or question it in the proper forum, go to court if you must. Definitely not through social network, not unless you are still recruiting followers who will back you up and join your throng. Even while the law dated June 1964, had long been in place and that no one has really implemented it, it remains a law. Now that it is called upon to be implemented, then we have to follow it.

We're not saying we don't get antsy about this very slow speed, all we're saying is that if we really want to do something about it, then do something substantial about it, do something that will change the situation. Ranting will just earn you a bad day, nothing else.

On the lighter side, there's a nice feeling to it when you're travelling at 30 kph in downtown Davao early in the morning when there's no traffic congestion yet. It's like a meditation of sorts, a reminder of how easy life should really be. But we're digressing.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 19, 2013.

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