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Monday, December 06, 2021

Sketching classes, fielding scouts and a tow truck

RECOGNIZING the importance of well-trained personnel in managing traffic and enforcing rules, capacity-building for traffic enforcers is one of the main thrusts of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) this year.

Aside from refreshing them on traffic law enforcement, TEAM personnel will be taught how to sketch positions of vehicles involved in accidents.

TEAM Executive Director Florentino Nimor Jr. said road accidents often worsen traffic.

“Instead of waiting for the police investigator to arrive and sketch the scene, the traffic enforcer can make the sketch himself to save time,” he said.

By the time the investigator arrives, he will simply check if the sketch is accurate and deal with the parties involved.

For quicker response to traffic violations and accidents, TEAM personnel will also be trained more on radio communication.

Nimor, who also heads the City Planning and Development Office, said he plans to have a basic communication manual produced for all personnel.

More traffic enforcers may also be hired this year, he said. TEAM presently has 160 traffic enforcers deployed on field in two shifts.

Nimor said he will suggest doubling that number.

In the meantime, TEAM will tap schools to help maintain order in the roads.

“We have requested schools to deploy boy scouts and girl scouts to help educate pedestrians about traffic rules. We can ask criminology students to help as well,” said Nimor.

The City will also hire a towing service company this year to handle vehicles that break down and snarl traffic.

“Most of the vehicles that break down are trucks,” Nimor said.

Other internal changes he wants implemented this year, Nimor said, include automating database on traffic accidents.

“It will help us analyze data easier. It will help us know important information like what the common traffic incidents are and where the accident-prone areas are,” he said.

Other ideas Nimor and his team are exploring include establishing partnerships with different traffic stakeholders like operators of trucks and jeepneys, motorcycle drivers and cyclists; creating a traffic hotline; and crowd-sourcing on social media to get citizens involved in traffic planning and traffic law enforcement.
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