Will the speed limit edict work its magic?

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A TRISIKAD loaded with bamboos takes advantage of the light traffic at Diversion Road in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The speed limit ordinance takes effect today, June 1, 2017, in the busiest thoroughfare in the city. (FAA)

TRAFFIC managers will find out starting today, June 1, 2017, if the speed limit ordinance of Iloilo City will be effective in curbing reckless speedsters.

According to a news release from the City Hall, the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) and Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) will start implementing Regulation Ordinance No. 2015-283 along Diversion Road in Mandurriao district.

Authorities will use speed guns to monitor the speed of drivers of private and public utility vehicles to find out if they will violate the ordinance.

Under RO 2015-238, the maximum speed for private and passenger vehicles and motorcycles from the corner of General Luna Street to Diversion Road up to Brgy. Ungka, Jaro district is 60 kilometers per hour (km/ph).

For trucks and buses, the speed limit is 50 km/ph.

Some of the challenges the ordinance is facing is whether traffic enforcers can present proof that a driver violated the ordinance aside from the numbers registered in the speed gun.

TMTRO chief Robert Foerster said in a radio interview that they will use cellphone cameras to record vehicles that will go over the speed limit.

Forester said they already informed the public of the implementation of the ordinance middle of May 2017.

Councilor Joshua Alim, the main author of the ordinance, said the initial implementation of the ordinance at Diversion Road will help flesh out kinks that may arise during enforcement.

Alim said they focused the initial enforcement at Diversion Road because of the number of vehicles passing through the area.

As to nighttime implementation of the ordinance, Alim said they will coordinate with the police to enforce the law, especially at the leisure area of Mandurriao district.

The ICPO said it expects the number of traffic accidents to decrease with the implementation of the speed limit ordinance.

ICPO records indicated that 112 traffic mishaps occurred from May 15 to 21, 2017 against 108 cases in the same period last year.

The latest data included 14 cases of reckless imprudence resulting to physical injury and 98 cases of reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property.

“We are very hopeful that with the upcoming implementation of the speed limit ordinance, it would be deterrent or serve as warning to our drivers to drive carefully,” a press release from City Hall cited Senior Insp. Shella Mae Sangrines, ICPO spokesperson, as saying.

“The ordinance will remind drivers to drive slowly and by doing so, it will be easier for them to stop or maneuver their car if others cut their line or someone suddenly crosses the road,” Sangrines added.

Aside from Diversion road, a 40 km/ph limit will be imposed on cars and motorcycles passing through Brgy. Sambag, Jaro to Central Philippine University, Jaro Plaza; Iloilo provincial Capitol and General Luna to Barangay Mohon in Arevalo district; JM Basa Street going to Fort San Pedro and within City Proper district.

For trucks and buses, the allowable speed in said areas is 30 km/ph.

On the circumferential, radial and coastal roads, the speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles is 60 km/ph while for trucks and buses, the limit is 40 km/ph.

The permissible speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles in all other highways, streets, or roads whether national or local within the city is 30 km/ph. For trucks and buses, the speed should not exceed 20 km/ph. (With a report from Iloilo City PIO)



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