BACOLOD City – To deter traffic violations in the metro, Vice Mayor EI Cid Familiaran is pushing for heftier penalties.
Familiaran said he is in favor of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) recommendation to increase fines for traffic violators.
Currently, the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office imposes a monetary fine of P100.
“By increasing the penalties on traffic ordinances, we can help deter the violations, but the implementation of the ordinance is very important,” said Familiaram.
The MMDA last year furnished its initial assessment of the traffic situation in Bacolod City. It recommended stricter rules against jaywalking, double parking and obstruction of traffic.
Also included in its recommendations were the installation of traffic lights; signs on several street intersections; redesigning of the triangle intersection layout; and seminar for traffic enforcers among others.
BTAO head Lieutenant Colonel Luisito Acebuche agreed that an increase in fines is necessary to force the public to strictly observe traffic rules, specifically those under City Ordinance 388, or the Comprehensive Traffic Ordinance of Bacolod City./PN