Finally, a Highway Patrol.
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
A task force has been organized by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office to strictly impose highway discipline along the provincial highway leading to Bacolod City to minimize, if not totally eliminate traffic accidents. Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said he will implement it at the boundary of Bago and Bacolod in the south and from EB Magalona to Bacolod City in the north.
Chief Inspector Arnie Cuaresma was named task force head and was also installed as the new PNP Highway Patrol Group chief in Negros Occidental, with police units of Bago, Talisay, Silay and EB Magalona as members. Implementation will start on February 1, after a weeklong information drive, where members of the task force will remind erring drivers of traffic rules and regulations. After that, apprehended violators will be issued citation tickets and the fines collected will be remitted to the local government in those areas.
Many of the motorists who have long been frustrated by the absolute lack of discipline and order along those highways will find this much overdue initiative welcome. If the Highway Patrol Group can somehow find the drive and the consistency to force slow-moving vehicles such as fully loaded cane trucks, tricycles, motorcycles to use the right lane and finally allow the left lane to be used as a passing lane for the faster vehicles; the flow of traffic and the general safety along those busy highways should improve dramatically.
The question is: will the Highway Patrol Group have the determination, the perseverance, and the resources to correct the warped driving habits of Negrenses that have been formed by years, if not decades of absolute non-enforcement by the authorities? While we would love to see them succeed, our experience tells us that this will most likely be one of those initiatives that will die a natural death after the people in charge finally figure out what they are up against. Hopefully officers Allan Guisihan and Arnie Cuaresma have the will and the wherewithal to prove us wrong and finally instill discipline and order on our highways.*