‘Enforce ordinance against jaywalking’

Posted on November 15, 2012

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A Siloy Is Watching file photo shows pedestrian crossing a road in Mandaue City despite existing skywalk. (CDN PHOTO)

A City Council resolution was filed calling on the Traffic Enforcement Agency in Mandaue (Team) to enforce a decade-old ordinance against jaywalking in the city’s main streets and intersections.

Councilor Elstone Dabon said the ordinance remains inutile since there are still pedestrians who cross the streets even with a pedestrian lane and skywalk in the area. “The ordinance was passed for the safety of the pedestrians especially school children in order to avoid accidents,” Dabon said

This paper’s Siloy is Watching portion has taken photos of students crossing the street along UN Avenue, barangay Looc in Mandaue City instead of using the skywalk fronting the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu-Mandaue (UCLM).

City Ordinance nos. KK/036 that was approved in Oct. 2000 imposes a P20 for first offenses.

A P500 fine with or without imprisonment are imposed on the third violation. Violators can also choose to render civic action service for three days.

Dabon earlier asked the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) to install traffic barriers along M.C. Briones Street, barangay Tipolo and M.C. Briones Street, corner N.S. Cabahug Street, barangay Maguikay, Mandaue City, to avoid accidents.

Even with a skywalk there, Dabon said pedestrians don’t use it. /Correspondent Jucell Marie P. Cuyos

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