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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MMDA Men in Red: catch 114 on anti-jaywalk drive's 1st day (Philippines)

At least 114 jaywalkers in Metro Manila were accosted in the first few hours of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's anti-jaywalking drive.
Most of the 114 who were accosted at the EDSA-Ortigas area alone chose to attend a disaster management seminar instead of pay a P200 fine, radio dzBB's Glen Juego reported.
The report said the EDSA-Ortigas area had been one of the most accident-prone areas for jaywalkers.
But the report said the MMDA was relatively lenient on senior citizens who did not want to use the footbridges.
Earlier, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the elderly and people with disabilities will not be fined but will be subject to a lecture against jaywalking.
The report said the MMDA "Men in Red" also reminded the elderly pedestrians to seek MMDA personnel's assistance to cross the footbridge.
On Tuesday, the MMDA started collecting fines from jaywalkers who continue to cross major thoroughfares instead of using footbridges and pedestrian lanes.
Earlier, the MMDA cited the safety of pedestrians in enforcing the anti-jaywalking policy, noting some had been hit by passing vehicles when they cross the road.
Tolentino said many accidents on the road involved not accidents between vehicles but jaywalking.

source & image credit: http://www.gmanetwork.com


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