Iloilo City Government officially started the Traffic Discipline Zone on Thursday, January 16 at Diversion Road.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas; Public Safety and Transportation Management Office Head Jeck D. Conlu; Iloilo City Police Office Director PCol. Martin E. Defensor, Jr.; Regional Highway Patrol Unit Chief PCol. Winston M. de Belen; and Land Transportation Office 6 Regional Director Roland C. Ramos led the launching.
Treñas stressed the initiative will be an attempt to solve traffic problems because of the lack of discipline among drivers.
“This 14-kilometer Diversion Road is our showcase but at the same time, it cannot just be a showcase for beautification. We have to show that here in Iloilo we follow traffic rules and regulations,” he said.
Traffic and police personnel work closely to strictly enforce road safety laws and ordinances along the 14-kilometer stretch of the main highway in the metropolis.
These include speed limit, anti-modified mufflers, proper loading and unloading, among others.
He added that the traffic discipline zone will just start at the Diversion Road and will be replicated on other roads in the city. Treñas believed that if it can be done in the 14-kilometer Diversion Road, then it will not be difficult enforcing it in other parts of the city.
Jeck Conlu, head of the City Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), in his message during the launching, was full of gratitude as they looked forward to Ilonggo motorists and pedestrians to be disciplined.
With the implementation, the personnel of the HPG and LTO will be patrolling the stretch of the diversion while road personnel of the PSTMO will be on stationary assignment. They will be on the road from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. (Iloilo City PIO/PNA)