PAMPANGA

Limlingan: Calling for traffic discipline

The Advocate

AS WE started the year 2020, the Traffic Management Division (TMD) of the City of San Fernando has called on motorists for discipline while on the road to ensure orderliness and safety of passengers as well as pedestrians. Likewise, the said office highlighted the importance of observing traffic rules and regulations that are being implemented in the city.

Well, there are rules and regulations that are implemented, however, there are still those who are fond of violating these road policies especially when there are no traffic enforcer around or during night when there are not much vehicular traffic and pedestrians around.

TMD officer-in-charge Willie Manaloto reiterated the need to educate the public particularly motorists and pedestrians on exercising discipline while on thoroughfares in the city. He added that discipline must be instilled even among sidewalk vendors and also traffic enforcers who are manning the streets.

He also stressed that discipline is inherent among Fernandinos and Kapampangans as well and such only needs to be awakened and re-lived. This is indeed true as proven when we are in other countries or even just inside the Subic Bay Freeport when we religiously obey traffic rules and regulations.

Manaloto is also implementing a one-strike policy among his men. This is to ensure that discipline starts with those who implement it. He wants his men to properly perform their duties and responsibilities are traffic law enforcers. Those who are shall be caught doing some irregularities have no second chance, thus they need to meet the expectations of the traffic czar boss.

In addition, there will be the intensification of traffic operations against violators of the rules and regulations. This means that there will be the stringent implementation of ordinances and the motor vehicle law among motorists as well as pedestrians.

Tricycles, e-trikes and pedicabs shall be banned on major thoroughfares. If properly implemented, this would properly ensure the safety of the public. It can be observed that there are many of these plying the Mac Arthur Highway and the Jose Abad Santos Avenue where speeding cars are aplenty.

Vendors meanwhile should discipline themselves before they will be disciplined by the city authorities. Road encroachment is always a problem with vendors who use the streets in displaying the items they sell. This endangers not only themselves but also passing vehicles and pedestrians as well.

If all the visions of the new traffic regulation head shall be put into reality, we expect the further improvement on traffic flow and orderliness in the city. Since he has set his sight into disciplining the public and also his men, he should not lose such and be true to his ideals in the furtherance of making the city safer and orderly. His job is not that easy, in fact many will display their ire against this development the TMD shall be implementing.

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