August 2, 2015 by Stephen Bentley
PART 2: DRIVING IN BACOLOD – A FOREIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE
“The original article caused a bit of a stir. Here in Bacolod it went a little bit viral!
In case you missed it here it is Driving in Bacolod: A Foreigner’s Perspective
But let me make this clear at the outset. The problems with road safety in Bacolod are to do with the mindsets of individual drivers, pedestrians and all road users. Nothing more and nothing less.
The traffic problems here are not the fault of the current or indeed any previous administration. I would take umbrage at any politician who attempts to use my articles on this subject in attempts to score points over the opposition or the incumbent party.
I am a foreigner guest here in your country and your city. I retired here and I love it here. It is not my place, nor would I be inclined , to be involved in local politics. Your local politicians are aware of the problems but they cannot legislate for the sheer stupidity and lack of consideration shown by many drivers here on a daily basis.
They can pass ordinance after ordinance to try to regulate traffic and promote safer roads. They can act tougher in the enforcement of those laws. They could even hire me as the ‘Bacolod Traffic Czar” (only joking – it’s my Brit humour) and I could introduce a whole swathe of measures to try to regulate safer roads in Bacolod based on my experiences in London, England. But you would hate me! Read on and I will explain….
Below is a video of typical weekday traffic in London, England. I ask you to note at 00:30 on the clip to see how the stationary traffic leaves a gap at the Ped X. This is consideration for pedestrians allowing them to cross unhindered by cars, buses and trucks. I highlight it solely to serve as an example of considerate driving habits.
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