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Editorial

Improvement never stops

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NINFA R. LEONARDIA
Editor-in-Chief & President

CARLA P. GOMEZ
Editor

GUILLERMO TEJIDA III
Desk Editor
PATRICK PANGILINAN
Busines Editor

NIDA A. BUENAFE

Sports Editor
RENE GENOVE
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CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Administrative Officer

Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche reported that traffic accidents in Bacolod City from January to May of this year decreased by almost 29 percent compared to the same period last year. Comparing the first five months of 2011 with 2010, traffic accidents dropped from 2,467 to 1,756; the number of injured motorists and pedestrians went down from 352 to 161; and the number of deaths caused by vehicular accidents eased from 19 to 13. Chief Insp. Acebuche attributed the decreases to their continuous educational campaigns on road safety and the programs they implemented such as the “no jaywalking” drive, which has resulted in 1,625 pedestrians being apprehended since it started and their campaign against trisikads that has seen 142 out of route or permitless trisikads being impounded at the Bacolod City Police headquarters. He also revealed that the TMU is coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways to put up tow away zones on national roads in the city.These figures show that with the priorities in the proper place, with the right attitude, and a smidgen of political will, significant and measurable improvements can be made. We hope that this achievement, which is monumental for an organization that has long been criticized for being borderline useless in the past, does not make the TMU think that they can now become complacent and rest on their laurels because, though the figures may show improvement, the situation on the ground still needs a lot of work.Any kind of progress is always laudable. The people in the Traffic Management Unit certainly deserve praise for their achievements in significantly reducing the number of traffic-related accidents in the city and we hope that the positive trend continues to hold. However, because their work is far from done and the TMU is sure to encounter resistance from those who have been spoiled by the traffic status quo, we hope that they do not become discouraged or lose resolve once the going gets tough, especially when it is time to enforce all the other traffic laws in the city.*

 

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