BACOLOD City Police Office's Traffic Management Unit (TMU) urged the people of Bacolod to help the government in implementing the "no wang-wang" policy by voluntarily detaching their respective vehicle sirens.

TMU head Chief Inspector Levy Pangeu said Friday that some private individuals, including businessmen, in the city had already voluntarily detached the sirens or blinkers installed on their vehicles.

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"They should voluntarily detach their sirens or else we will confiscate them, and they will also pay for said violation," Pangue said.

He said they will also back the highway patrol group in arresting those caught installing sirens on their vehicles.

Pangue said that as of July 1-9, the TMU apprehended almost 60 trisikad and tricycle in different areas in Bacolod, including Burgos, Central-Market, and Libertad Streets.

He said the trisikad owners will pay a fine of P100, while those who own a tricycle will be fined P500.

Pangue said he will also ask an additional towing truck from the City Government for the efficient apprehensions of violators of traffic ordinance of the city.

He said the strict implementation of traffic ordinance lessens the traffic jam in several areas of Bacolod. This, he said, is one of the priority programs of City Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

He also said that earlier, they launched the Bacolod City Text Alert that allows the public to report traffic problems and accident by just texting "TXTRAFFIC MESSAGE" and sending it to 0918-616-6000 for Smart and Talk N' Text Subscribers, 0906-939-7777 for Globe and TM Subscribers, and 0922-669-8667 for Sun Subscribers. The traffic hotline is free.

Pangue lauded the supports of Information Short Message Services provided by Carlos Libo-on for the traffic development of Bacolod.

He also welcomed the chairmanship of City Councilor Dindo Ramos for the traffic committee.

Pangue and his men are scheduled to meet with Ramos for a traffic development meeting. (MAP)