600 traf­fic vi­o­la­tors ar­rested in Ba­colod

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

AT least 600 traf­fic vi­o­la­tors in Ba­colod City were ar­rested by op­er­a­tives of Ba­colod In­ter­a­gency Task Force (BIATAF) from Jan­uary 1 to Fe­bru­ary 4 this year, an of­fi­cial of the Land Tran­spi­ra­tion Of­fice-6 (LTO-6) said yes­ter­day.

Act­ing LTO-6 op­er­a­tions chief and le­gal of­fi­cer LTO-6 Al­lan Sacra­mento said the task force was formed to ar­rest the traf­fic vi­o­la­tors and to ad­dress the traf­fic con­ges­ne­gros tion here.

The BIATAF was com­posed of LTO, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH), Ba­colod Traf­fic Author­ity Of­fice (BTAO), City Le­gal Of­fice (Clo)-en­force­ment Team, High­way Pa­trol Group (HPG), and the City Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice.

Sacra­mento said they joined the DPWH and CLO be­cause there were some il­le­gal struc­tures oc­cu­py­ing the side­walk or high­ways.

“We have wide roads, but there’s still traf­fic be­cause of the il­le­gal struc­tures and erring driv­ers who are lack of dis­ci­pline,” he said.

Sacra­mento said the task force was sug­gested by the HPG and that they con­cep­tu­al­ized it with the other agen­cies in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Sacra­mento said they also dep­u­tized the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) as well as the BTAO traf­fic en­forcers to help them im­ple­ment the traf­fic laws.

Most of the vi­o­la­tors were ar­rested for ob­struc­tion in the high­way, il­le­gal park­ing, un­reg­is­tered and un­li­censed mo­torists, not wear­ing a seat belt, among oth­ers.

The driver’s li­cense of the vi­o­la­tors was con­fis­cated and that they were given ci­ta­tion tick­ets. They should pay their penal­ties to the LTO of­fice.

Sacra­mento said most of the vi­o­la­tors were pri­vate ve­hi­cle own­ers and some of them were tri­cy­cle driv­ers.

“For now, we are do­ing this in Ba­colod City, as a pi­lot city, and after this, hope­fully, we can repli­cate this to other cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in West­ern Visayas,” he said.

The task force is op­er­at­ing every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in var­i­ous ar­eas.

Sacra­mento said they will also ask Coun­cilor Dindo Ramos, chair­per­son

of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on trans­porta­tion, to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize the BIATAF through an or­di­nance in Ba­colod.

“We formed this task force so that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit can sus­tain the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the traf­fic rules through BTAO and Traf­fic Man­age­ment Unit,” he said.*


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