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BAGUIO CITY’S “ANTI DISTRACTED WALKING ORDINANCE” NOW IN FULL EFFECT

Published on August 2, 2019 by
You read it right folks, the Anti Distracted Walking Ordinance is already in full swing in the entire City of Baguio be it in the central business district or the outskirts. This law is so relevant nowadays considering the fact that many of us can’t be away from our “friends with benefits” phones and gadgets for a long time and this same friends can sometimes also be the cause of our own accidents specially when we’re out and on the road. This accidents can somehow be prevented if we just focus our attention on the road and not on our phones. Sad thing is it’s the other way around. If there’s a law against using gadgets when driving then there should also be a same law when we’re walking the streets, roads, sidewalks or pedetrian lanes.
┬áSome sensible guy thought that why not make an ordinance that will prohibit people in Baguio City from using gadgets or any other things that might loose their attention while walking or crossing a pedestrian lane. This make sense, as using gadgets while walking or crossing can spell disaster because it makes people unaware of what’s going on around them. Moreover, using mobile devices can also slow down an individual’s walking pace, causing obstruction and affecting the mobility of others. Kudos to you SOFAD Eriko Coscolluela for having the wisdom to propose this ordinance and to our City officials for seeing the need to make it a law.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Using a mobile device by texting or reading texts while crossing a pedestrian crossing or the street, or while traversing a sidewalk which causes delay in the mobility of other pedestrians. Reading any reading material while crossing, walking on sidewalks or the street.
PENALTIES AND FINES
1st Offense: Reprimand
2nd Offense: P1000 or community service
3rd Offense: P2000 and community service or 1 to 10 days imprisonment
4th and Successive Offenses: P2500 and community service or 11 to 30 days imprisonment
MONITORING AND APPREHENSION
  • Public Order and Safety Division (POSD)
  • Baguio City Police Office (BCPO)
  • Baguio Traffic Management Unit (TMU)
  • Barangay Tanods and Enforcers
There you go. A friendly reminder from the City Government of Baguio and yours truly, Baguio Family Time to better temper your itch to use your phones when your out of your house. This also goes to our dear Baguio City tourists and guests. As they say, “Ignorance of the Law EXCUSES no one.”

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