Baguio City Council approves ‘Anti-Distracted Walking’ ordinance on third reading

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2019   •   400

A commuter uses his mobile phone as a train arrives at a station in Pasay City, Metro Manila July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo/File Photo

The Baguio City Council approved the ‘Anti-Distracted Walking Ordinance’ on third reading. This will regulate the use of mobile devices while crossing the streets and walking on sidewalks.

“The adopted ordinance indicates that the number of people injured as a result of their texting, talking with someone on the phone, and listening to music is alarmingly increasing and has become a major pedestrian safety concern, according to the statement of Baguio City Council.

“The adopted ordinance also prohibits the reading of any reading material while crossing a pedestrian lane and walking on sidewalks (Section 14),” it adds.

This ordinance was initially proposed by Scout Official For a Day (SOFAD) Eriko R. Coscolluela and was adopted by Councilors Faustino A. Olowan, Peter C. Fianza, Levy Lloyd B. Orcales, and Francisco Roberto A. Ortega VI.

Violators of the ordinance will be reprimanded by the person-in-charge on first offense. They will be fined P1,000.00 on second offense, P2,000.00 on third offense, and P2,500.00 with community service or 11-30 days imprisonment on fourth offense and succeeding offenses.

The final draft of the ordinance will be submitted to the Mayor’s Office for approval.—AAC

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