City officials recently strongly urged the City Engineering Office (CEO) to paint notices on the city’s pedestrian lanes to remind motorists to fully stop for five seconds before pedestrian lanes or slow down upon approaching these to allow people to safely cross pursuant to the pertinent provisions of Ordinance No. 07, series of 2010 or the King of the Road measure.
In a resolution authored by Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon, city legislators stated that in order to preserve the safety and convenience of the city’s constituents while crossing pedestrian lanes, it is imperative that motorists be reminded on the pertinent provisions of the King of the Road ordinance.
Ordinance 07, series of 2010 or the King of the Road measure was passed in 2010 which provided that all motorists are required to stop for five seconds before pedestrian lanes or slow down upon approaching pedestrian lanes to allow people to cross.
During a slow down or stop in vehicular traffic movement, no vehicle shall obstruct any portion of the pedestrian lanes as it must always be free from any vehicles starting from its border line to the other.
The council claimed that it has been observed that motorists rarely slow down upon approaching pedestrian lanes or stop for five seconds as required by the aforesaid ordinance.
The council stipulated that the CEO could paint a reminder ‘Fully Stop for Five Seconds as per City Ordinance 07, series of 2010” at every pedestrian lane to remind motorists.
According to the council, motorists had been repeatedly reminded on the existence of the King of the Road ordinance that mandates them to stop for at least five seconds before pedestrian lanes in the different parts of the city but the same had been ignored that pose a serious threat to the safety of both pedestrians and occupants of motor vehicles plying the city’s streets.