Davao’s prob­lem­atic drivers

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

Davao City has a prob­lem when it comes to its drivers. This is ev­i­dent with the re­cent data re­leased by the Davao City Trans­port and Traf­fic Man­age­ment Of­fice (CTTMO).

Be­tween Septem­ber 2017 to Septem­ber 2018, top­ping the list of traf­fic vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by drivers in Davao City in 2018 is dis­re­gard­ing traf­fic signs with 13,291 ap­pre­hen­sions. Road ob­struc­tion came in next with 13,102, fol­lowed by not wear­ing a seat­belt (11,556), mo­tor­cy­cle drivers not wear­ing hel­mets (7,051), speed limit vi­o­la­tion (6,390), il­le­gal park­ing (3,811), and driv­ing with­out a li­cense (2,628).

These num­bers are fairly big for a city known for its “dis­ci­pline”.

“Ang im­pli­ca­tion of this is ei­ther bla­tant dis­re­gard of traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tion or ig­no­rance or lack of knowl­edge or ed­u­ca­tion sa traf­fic rules dahil ang driver ay hindi na du­maan ng sem­i­nar ay may li­cense na,” CTTMO head Dion­i­sio Abude said on traf­fic signs be­ing the top traf­fic vi­o­la­tion.

It is also be­cause of these vi­o­la­tors, both pri­vate and pub­lic ve­hi­cle drivers, that the city is hounded by nu­mer­ous traf­fic is­sues.

How­ever, the num­ber could prob­a­bly be big­ger. There could also be a pos­si­bil­ity that some traf­fic en­forcers are re­ceiv­ing bribes to let go of some vi­o­la­tors.

There may also be drivers who may dis­re­gard the traf­fic laws be­cause they are not afraid to get caught since they have some­one in power who will help them out.

Ef­forts must be made by the city to add more “teeth” to its traf­fic en­forcers to en­sure there is proper dis­ci­pline in the roads. Penal­ties for vi­o­la­tors could also be made heav­ier to en­sure that they fol­low traf­fic rules.

The city may also add more peo­ple to the CTTMO to en­sure road dis­ci­pline in Davao City.

How­ever, there must also be a bet­ter method in dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion on the traffc rules in the city. The city gov­ern­ment may want to con­sider putting a sec­tion on its web­site on the traf­fic rules in Davao City.

Like­wise the drivers in the city should also be more knowl­edge­able of the traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions in the city. They have to un­der­stand that this is for their own safety and other Dabawenyos as well.

One way we can en­sure that the roads in the Davao City are safe is when the drivers are dis­ci­plined and fol­low the ba­sic traf­fic rules.

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