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Jaywalkers face fine starting today in Davao

DAVAO City — The City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) announced that jaywalkers and other violators of the traffic law will be facing stricter penalties starting today.

Previously, pedestrians who violated the Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance, which was enforced in December, were only made to undergo a seminar.

But with the approval of the City Traffic Citation Ticket (CTCT), jaywalkers will now be fined P100 or undergo a compulsory four-hour community service.

Aside from pedestrians violating the Davao City Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance, drivers, business establishments and owners of illegally parked, unattended vehicles will also be charged, said CTTMO Chief Dionisio Abude.

Abude said under the agreement with the Land Transportation Office, drivers and car owners who will be issued the CTCT cannot renew their licenses if they failed to pay the corresponding fine.

Included in the citation ticket is obstruction of flow of traffic, which is also applicable to business establishments whose wares, products and structures cause traffic congestion.

“When LTO encode the ‘offender’s’ name, license number/Certificate of registration and plate number in their database, the driver won’t be able to renew his license wherever in the country unless he pays the fine,” Abude said.

For pedestrians, Abude said fines can either be instantly paid at the City Treasurer’s Office or within seven days upon receipt of the ticket.

In case a jaywalker cannot, in any way, pay the fine, or refuse to pay, he or she may opt to render a four-hour community service under the supervision of the City Social Services and Development Office. (cio davao)

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