I HAVE a suggestion, particularly to heads of traffic enforcement groups of every town and to the three cities in Pampanga. Will you please put a tarpaulin on every strategic corners the photographs of the three top ranking officials of the enforcement groups and include the emergency numbers for motorists to call in case of a gridlock.
It happens now on many areas, and sometimes even on a Sunday. Not much to ask I presume. I hope the respective mayors will heed the request. Years I ago remember what Senate President Tito Sotto said during a hearing on road safety in the upper house. “Fifty percent of Filipino drivers are stupid.” Many agreed on his observation.
Recently Jose “Ping” De Jesus, former head of the then Department of Transportation and Communications and Department of Public Works and Highways was my guest at my Ch. 3 Trending Max Show on why the traffic situation persisted and now a gargantuan problem. This is what he said: “When law enforcement is fifty-fifty, it will result to chaos.”
It is safe to say that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is rather lax in their issuance of drivers' license. If a real examination will be imposed, “fifty percent of the drivers will fail.” There are so many reckless drivers on the road. And unmindful of road regulations.
Negotiating the Angeles-San Fernando MacArthur Highway is like driving along EDSA.
Tricycles ply the highways despite the ordinances declares that they are supposed to be confined to tertiary roads. But no enforcers bother them.
So many ideas, so many suggestions are being aired daily from different sectors on how to solve traffic congestion plaguing not only Metro Manila but also other cities all over the world. But where are PNP highway patrols?
I hope PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde will order them to be more active. Make their presence on highways felt. Where are the LTO flying squad? More than fifty percent of passenger vehicles are smoke-belchers.
Can you imagine the road going to Porac, once a lethargic town suffering from daily traffic jams. In my youth you are lucky if you'll see ten vehicles using that road. It is now compounded by the bridge construction which supposedly been finished months ago. SLOW MEN AT WORK.
I remember my interview with Pampanga Angeles City Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan who is currently the Regional Development Council (RDC) chairman. He said a portion of the P100 million was already earmarked for a potential quarry road to lessen the pressure on Friendship Highway section going to the City of San Fernando. But when will construction start? That interview happened more than a year ago.
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, a known disciplinarian should impose stricter measures with regard to the issuance of licenses. There must be an honest to goodness examination, both in written and actual driving. Then we can prove if Sotto is correct or not.
Fixers still abound in many LTO offices all over the country. And you may ask why too many polluting vehicles are still on the road? No vehicles, no matter how old, fail the emission test.
Here's a flyer I picked in an LTO office and titled DRIVERS ROAD SAFETY PLEDGE, and here are some of the promises:
“I make this personal commitment as a safety conscious responsible driver by pledging the following: I will maintain my vehicle roadworthy at all times. 2. I will observe and follow road laws, rules and regulations. I will not use my cellphone when driving. I will buckle my seatbelt... etc etc.. Can you ask any driver if he is following that pledge?