Diversion Road as ‘traffic discipline zone’ mulled

first_imgConlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the use of helmets by motorcycle riders, the use ofseatbelts, non-use of cellphones while driving, and windshields must be freefrom gadgets that directly distract the driver’s line of sight, among others. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center. The city government’s Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) will be tasked to enforce the planin coordination with the Land Transportation Office and the Highway PatrolGroup of the Philippine National Police. After the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba toBarangay Balantang in Jaro. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. Treñas said giant telecommunicationscompany Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered to establish a trafficcommand center with closed circuit television cameras on the Diversion Road forthe monitoring of vehicles. ILOILO City – Imagine the 14-kilometerstretch of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) from Mandurriaoto Jaro district teeming with traffic auxiliaries enforcing local and nationaltraffic rules and regulations round the clock. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” said Treñas.center_img By January 2020 if not before thisyear is over, the avenue would be made a “traffic discipline zone”, accordingto Mayor Jerry Treñas. “All vehicles passing throughDiversion Road should observe local traffic ordinances and the National TrafficCode 24/7 or they would be apprehended,” said PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu. What are these traffic rules andregulations? In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. The mayor previously said he wouldpush through with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor JedPatrick Mabilog proposed in 2017.last_img

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