Aside from poor driver discipline and the excessive number of automobiles that is causing vehicular traffic in Metro Manila, undisciplined pedestrians crossing the road wherever they please has also been a factor contributing to slower traffic on the road.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has increased efforts in keeping pedestrians on the proper crosswalks and footbridges by the strict implementation of the Anti-Jaywalking Policy since late 2015.
Since December 31, 2015 until February 24, 2016, the MMDA has apprehended a total of 4,189 jaywalkers across various parts of Metro Manila and were issued Pedestrian Violation Receipts (PVRs).
11 of these violators have chosen to render community service while 599 have paid the Php 500 fine instead. The remaining 3,630 citations have yet to be settled at the MMDA headquarters.
The MMDA has pointed out the high risk involved in jaywalking and has constantly reminded the public to use the pedestrian lanes, footbridges and underpasses at all times.
According to the agency, strictly implementing the Anti-Jaywalking Policy will help relieve the traffic congestion and help reduce the amount of accidents on the road.