Traffic Woes, Sounding off

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Troubled Intersection, One of Many in Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City.

We have a major intersection in Lapu-Lapu city near where I live that crosses another major intersection. (see photo above) During rush hour this intersection is impossible to negotiate from any direction due to heavy congestion of motorcycles cars and bicycles.  When the traffic cop stops the traffic in one direction, all the motorcycles squeeze out from between cars in the lanes and converge on the opposite lane completely blocking that lane. I was in a friends Suzuki multi-cab at the opposite end waiting for the traffic cop to allow us to cross the intersection. My friend said look there all the motorcycles have blocked the oncoming lanes so no one can get through, there was traffic wanting to make a right turn but could not due to maybe 25 or more motorcycles blocking the lane. We noticed one car was actually halfway up on the curb trying to get around the corner. When the traffic cop finally let us proceed, we crossed the intersection and found ourselves right up against a wall of motorcycles, and I mean we were right up against them. They had  just begun to move forward, we had to stop and wait for them to go around us. Personally I think this should be illegal, and the police should station several traffic cops at troubled  intersections like this and start ticketing these motorcycles. I bet that would put a stop to that bottleneck. It makes the traffic on the other lane stop because cars can’t make that right turn and you have a traffic jam. If the first motorcycle that moves over to the oncoming lane gets pulled over and ticketed the next would think twice about proceeding into that lane. If there are many already standing on the oncoming lane the cops should converge on them and start ticketing them, I bet most would move out of the way rather quickly and hopefully think twice the next time, to avoid getting a 200 peso ticket. You want revenue for your city here’s one small way to make some and get traffic flowing a little smoother.  In most countries you would not be allowed to do this yet here the traffic cops just sit there watching it happen while doing nothing about it. This intersection is a huge hazard just waiting for a fender bender to happen. And one crazed motorist could plow into these motorcycles taking out several at a time, not a good situation. I hope someone reading this is able to do something, but presume the situation will replay itself at each similar intersection throughout the city. Another thing that would help keep this from happening would be to install steel fencing in the center of these intersections keeping traffic in line. In other areas of Cebu City they have installed these fences to prevent people from running across the streets. Several deaths have occurred due to people being run over because they were standing in the middle of the road. Why can’t they install this type of fencing at these troubled intersections to prevent these motorcycles from even getting out of line and getting into the oncoming lanes especially areas that are not truck routs. If they did the cops could easily corner them and ticket them, they’d be trapped by the fence. The only problem I see with the fence idea is traffic wanting to make a right then an immediate left would have to go down the street and turn around to make that turn. But during the day you are not allowed to make a left into this intersection either you have to make a right and go down and turn around and come back to cross the intersection. This no left turn is in effect until 8:00 PM nightly, so I say why not the fence.

I received a 200 peso ticket recently because I was in the left lane that should cross the overpass but should have been in the right bypass lane, as I was going into the bypass lane. I was nice to the traffic cop because I realized I was in the wrong an paid the ticket later. But why don’t they place these traffic cops at these congested intersections so traffic can move more smoothly instead of the bridges looking for people in the wrong lane. I was actually trying to get into the right land but could not due to traffic beside me that would not allow me to get into the lane but I am not one to argue with a cop about anything just be nice and get through it.

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Just looking at it made me gain 10 pounds, but soooo good....

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