Area covered by speed limit on ‘killer road’ extended

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be stepping up its campaign against speedsters, especially on the so-called “killer highway” in Quezon City.

On the agency’s radio program Sunday, MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos said the agency would expand the area covered by the 60 kilometer-per-hour speed limit on Commonwealth Avenue.

Right now, the speed limit applies only to the portion of the road from Philcoa to the Sandiganbayan but this will be extended all the way to the corner of Doña Carmen Avenue.

“The lanes there are still spacious so vehicles tend to speed up,” Carlos explained. Commonwealth Avenue, at its widest, boasts 18 lanes.

The new policy, however, will take effect only after the MMDA buys two additional speed radar guns for its enforcers who are assigned on Commonwealth Avenue. The new equipment which can take footage of vehicles and estimate their speed is expected to be delivered this week.

Carlos said speed enforcers deployed to the area already use several speed radar guns although they constantly change their locations to avoid alerting motorists and ensure that they strictly observe the speed limit throughout their travel on the 12-kilometer-long road.

Commonwealth Avenue earned the label of “killer highway” due to the numerous vehicular accidents that had occurred in the area over the years. The speed limit was imposed after veteran journalist Lourdes “Chit” Estella Simbulan was killed in 2011 when her taxi cab was rammed by a speeding passenger bus.

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  • Horst Manure

    You should introduce a law making it compulsory to wear a helmet for bike riders and explain to them it has to go on the riders head.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    If successful, this will be a good source of income for MMDA.

    • Dawn Dare

      It is not in the MMDA charter to be a revenue source for government. Speed-monitoring is just another opportunity for corruption.

  • uma_asa_pa

    I have no problem with the radar/laser speed gun as long as they are calibrated regularly and certified by authorised agency.  People must have also ways of contesting the fine and it should be clearly printed onteh back of the citation ticket para patas ang laban.

    What they should do also is install a permanent overhead speed cameras para walang human intervention.  Matatangap nalang nung may ari nung sasakyan yung ticket kasama yung litrato na may proof kug anong speed nung kotse.  

    May tukso sa corruption pag meron human intervention lalo na ang mga MMDA dahil sa liit ng suweldo.  I’m not implying that all MMDA are corrupt but just merely stating the possibility of corruption.  To eliminate the corruption, MMDA should remove the human law enforcers in the equation.

    Meron speed cameras based on time estimation kaya hindi ninyo puwedeng sabihin na permanent speed cameras are useless once people know its location.  

  • DannyBoyJr

    1) Sa private vehicles lang nila pinapatupad ang speed limit. Ilang beses na ako halos nabangga ng rumaragasang bus sa tandang sora o sa ever gotesco. Kita ng blue boys pero di naman hinahabol.

    2) Ang ating magagaling na motorcycle riders di sumusunod sa speed limit din at di na rin nananatili sa blue lanes nila. Parang mga langaw na kung saan saan dumadapo. At optional na naman ang helmet nila.

    Ok sana mga batas trapiko natin, wala lang nagpapatupad.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

      tama ka kabayan, nakakatakot dyan sa commonwealth dahil hari ng daan ang mga bus.  pipinahan ka pa ng mga yan.  at hindi sila nag-stay sa yellow lane.  pero hindi hinuhuli ng mga blue boys.

      dapat din i-extend hanggang regalado ang speed limit.  masikip na daan dyan pero mabibilis pa din mga bus at nagka-counter flow pa kahit double yellow lines na.

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