Mayor appeals to motorists to adhere to traffic laws

BAGUIO CITY, Dec. — City Mayor Mauricio Domogan appealed to motorists to strictly adhere to the traffic rules and regulations being implemented in the city during the Yuletide season to help prevent monstrous traffic jam around the city with the influx of tourists.

Domogan said that motorists, both local residents and visitors, should strictly observe the different traffic laws implemented in the city to lessen the traffic problems similar to what happened during the same period last year and the recent events including the exodus of tourists during the APEC in November.

Domogan said that motorists should observe traffic signs installed along major road networks in order to guide them on the prevailing schemes that are being implemented citywide.

He added that discipline along the roads will also help in reducing the exposure of motorists to untoward incidents that would pose a serious threat to life and limb.

Last week, Mayor Domogan approved the suspension of the number coding scheme of the city in anticipation of the influx of foreign and local tourists this Yuletide season.

In Administrative Order No. 172, Baguio’s number coding scheme is suspended from December 21 to 31 for private vehicles.

While it is true that during long holidays the city experiences worse traffic conditions, their visitors should also be given the chance to roam around various tourist spots with their vehicles, Domogan explained.

Baguio City Police Office Director PSSupt. Rolando Miranda said that the Baguio City Police Office – Traffic Management Branch (BCPO-TMB) and the Traffic and Transport Management Committee have assured police visibility in order to assist motorists in the city and manage the traffic situation particularly in areas which are expected to have heavy traffic flow like central business district and the different parks and malls in the city.

More than 15, 000 vehicles are expected to add to the traffic situation in the city and at least half a million tourists will be staying for the Christmas and New Year celebration in the city./JDP/RMC- PIA CAR


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