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Careful Where You Cross—MMDA Will Be More Aggressive In Catching Jaywalkers

Did you know that the fine for jaywalking is P500?
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will start being strict about apprehending jaywalkers around Metro Manila. This crackdown comes after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) agreed yesterday to give authority to MMDA personnel to implement local government units’ rules regarding anti-jaywalking. So, how does this affect us? Well, aside from catching culprits for traffic violations, this means that the MMDA teams can now catch jaywalking violators within the metro cities—and not just along major roads.

During the MMC and MMDA meeting, the two groups agreed that MMDA personnel will be officially deputized to apprehend within the LGU jurisdiction. However, prior to that, MMDA personnel will need to familiarize themselves with the various ordinances concerning anti-jaywalking across the different cities.

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FYI, it isn’t like there are no rules against jaywalking. They exist, people—just like crosswalks do. People have just gotten used to crossing anywhere, anytime (not surprising, really). In fact, the current fine stands at P500 or the equivalent rendered in community service.

We wonder if this boosted implementation of anti-jaywalking codes and ordinances will really stop people from crossing the street whenever and wherever they want. In our case, we’re willing to take on the challenge to follow these rules more closely. See you at the crosswalk, girls?

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