Some 3,296 violators of the Discipline Zone paid fines amounting to P1.04 million in the first two months of implementation.
A press release from City Public Information officer Dems Demicillo said Councilor Michael Bandal, named by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo as the Discipline Zone czar, vowed to continue the relentless enforcement of traffic rules from Barangay Bunao up to Robinson Dumaguete in Barangay Calindagan.
Bandal appeals to several violators, who dropped names, or used their status in the community as a means to defy or intimidate the enforcers, to just comply with the regulations since the project aims to restore order and discipline among motorists and pedestrians with zero tolerance, the press release said.
Remollo reminded those who mock or openly defy traffic rules that no one is above the law, and pointed out that even relatives, including the brother of Bandal, promptly paid the penalties for their violations as a show of respect to the authorities.
The press release said that based on the records, there were 1, 850 violators who were apprehended in February alone and another 1, 446 were penalized in March 2018.
The biggest number of violations involved illegal parking 1, 651 in February and 1, 315 in March; smoking in public, 179 in February and 105 in March; reckless driving 4 in February and 8 in March, jay walking 12 and littering 4 in February and 18 in March.
The violators will pay as much as P889,800 for illegal parking; P142,000 for smoking in public; P 3,600 for reckless driving; P4, 800 for littering, and P600 for jaywalking.
A proposed ordinance will be deliberated on that will provide an increase in fines, towing and clamping of vehicles that obstruct traffic and sidewalks. Currently the rates are P300 for illegal parking, P500 for smoking in public, P300 for reckless driving, P200 for littering, and P50 for jaywalking, the press release added.*RG
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