Use pedestrian lanes and/or footbridges when crossing the road at all times.
That is the reminder of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to all pedestrians as they tighten up on the implementation of the MMDA Ordinance No. 1, Series of 1995 or better known as the Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance.
The agency cited Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City as one of the areas where pedestrians are most prone to jaywalking and getting into accidents earning it the nickname, ‘killer highway.’
Around twenty offenders were apprehended last week by the MMDA along Commonwealth Avenue alone as pedestrians in that area insist on crossing the high-speed avenue, risking their lives in the process.
"We want to emphasize that the campaign is for their own good. We are appealing to the public to make use of pedestrian lanes and footbridges," said MMDA Traffic Discipline Office (TDO) Director Crisanto Saruca.
Violators of the ordinance will be fined Php 500 by the MMDA or be asked to render three hours of community service, which includes sewage cleanup.
Should the violator fail to comply with the penalties, imprisonment of not more than three days will be in order.