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