Protecting the Marikeño Pedestrian: Stricter Implementation of Anti-jaywalking Ordinance

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According to a road safety report by the World Health Organization (WHO), last 2015, pedestrians make up the second biggest chunk of road user deaths at 19%. In the Philippines, the present penalty is “Violators have the option to pay the Php500 fine or render a three-hour community service which is scheduled every last Friday of the month.” This reminder made in February 2017 by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was proven ineffective since from March to December 2017, the number of violators was increased by 23% in comparison to the number of violators in March to December of the previous year.

We care for our fellow citizens, therefore, we propose that conducting a stricter implementation of the Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance would help allow for the interrupted flow of pedestrian movement separate from vehicle traffic and would prevent, or at least reduce, further road accidents in relation to pedestrians.

With the ordinance aforementioned, the petitioners would like to emphasize that the following premises should be included and that violation of the following must receive due penalty:

  1. Pedestrians must train themselves to use pedestrian lanes exclusively when the green “walk” sign seen on traffic lights is lit up. If otherwise, pedestrians must wait for their turn to cross the pedestrian lane.
  2. Public Utility Vehicles (e.g. Jeepneys, Taxis, etc.) drivers must also discipline themselves to load and unload passengers in the designated loading and unloading bays since these zones are usually near pedestrian lanes, overpasses and underpasses. In doing so, this causes an easy and harmless flow of traffic and it would be more efficient for PUVs to accumulate passengers.

Additionally, studies have shown that many pedestrians will not use an overpass or underpass if they can cross at street level in about the same amount of time. Overpasses work best when the topography allows for a structure without ramps, such as an overpass over a sunken highway. Underpasses work best when designed to feel open and accessible. Moreover, underpasses are significantly less expensive when built as part of a construction or reconstruction project. Consequently, the petitioners propose that authorities make entrances and exits to overpasses and underpasses be more clearly visible to encourage pedestrian use.

Let us all work hand in hand to keep ourselves and our fellow citizens safe by promoting discipline! Kindly sign our petition and you can help start the move.



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