100,000 arrests

- CTTMO nabs 100,000 jaywalkers, traffic violators in one year

A year after the city government strictly imposed the traffic ordinances, more than 100,000 drivers and pedestrians were apprehended.

The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) reported they apprehended a total of 107,531 violators for various traffic offenses a year after they strictly implemented the traffic law with the issuance of traffic citation tickets.

CTTMO chief Dionisio Abude said 40,817 pedestrians were apprehended for jaywalking violations while 66,714 drivers, commuters and pedestrians were collared for other traffic violations.

Abude said 79.31% of the jaywalking apprehensions already settled their case as they paid the fine of P100.

Violators have seven days to settle the case, or they will be facing a court case.

“If the violator can’t pay the penalty (on the day of the apprehension), he/she still has seven days to settle the penalty,” Abude said.

The CTTMO will file a case in court should the apprehended individuals refuse to pay the fine.

But until now, Abude revealed “we still haven’t filed any cases (in court) yet because we need necessary equipment and encoding systems to know the number of settled and unsettled violations in each month.”

He said the CTTMO will soon be able to file cases in court as they recently acquired complete equipment, computers, and encoders to track accurate records of traffic code violations.

Records of drivers with unsettled traffic violations will be forwarded to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as stated in the Memorandum of Agreement entered between the agency and the city government.

“These drivers with violations can’t renew their license unless they settle their penalty,” Abude added.

Exactly a year ago yesterday, the city government implemented the issuance of citation tickets to traffic violators. This is the city government’s drive against reckless pedestrians and drivers who don’t observe the various traffic laws.
The city passed its Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code in 2012.

Abude warned that the citation ticket will not only cover pedestrians caught violating the anti-jaywalking ordinance but also to the drivers and establishment owners who violate the traffic code. (Regina Mae Ronquillo)