CCTMC decides to set aside no-contact apprehension

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THE head of Cebu City’s traffic committee said they are setting aside their plan to implement a no-contact apprehension for traffic violators in order to prioritize driver education and discipline.

“We will go there definitely, pero sugod sa ta sa katong akong giingon nga kon pwede mag-educate gyud ta ug klaro nga dakop. Storyahi. Dili lang kay dakop ra... Tedious nga process pero we have to do it,” former city councilor and now chairman of the Cebu City Traffic Management and Coordination Committee (CCTMC) Rico Rey Francis “Koko” Holganza said on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

(We will go there definitely, but let’s start first with what I said, if we could, education and later conduct a proper apprehension. We’ll talk to them. We don’t just apprehend... It’s a tedious process, but we have to do it.)

State-of-the-art cameras have been placed in major intersections of the city. These cameras are capable of capturing vehicles that violate traffic rules, according to Paul Gotiong, executive director of the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO).

Meanwhile, the CCTO has conducted an internal cleansing to get rid of traffic personnel who had been involved in anomalies and those who were not performing their duties well, according to Holganza.

Holganza further said they are now conducting a re-orientation for the personnel of CCTO, telling them that they should not only be mere enforcers but also traffic managers.

He also said the CCTMC has issued a resolution asking the Highway Patrol Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strictly implement the apprehension of unauthorized motorists who are using sirens and blinkers as this is the “most abusive and insensitive public display of misplaced self-entitlement and privilege.”

The CCTMC head urged the public to report to them if they see unauthorized vehicles using blinkers and sirens to avoid traffic congestion.

In a recent interview, the CCTO said only vehicles of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection, and medical emergency vehicles are allowed to use blinkers and sirens.

Holganza also urged all motorists to respect the traffic signs on the road. Slow vehicles and motorcycles, he said, should take the outer lanes of the road so that fast vehicles can easily overtake and not result in slow movement of vehicles.

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