MMDA says barrier-related accidents are more frequent now

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported that there has been an increase of accidents involving the new bus lane barriers. What’s surprising is that most of these accidents, according to the MMDA, have happened past curfew hours.

Almost 100 concrete barriers and bollard-related accidents have been tallied by the agency since June, said EDSA boss, Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija.

For those who are following Col. Nebrija’s social media posts, you are probably aware that the EDSA boss is very vocal about his frustration over some drivers who continue to defy existing JTF protocols on curfew. What’s worse, Col. Nebrija says most of the time, these road mishaps involve drivers who were driving under the influence.

JTF-COVID Shield commander, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has stressed that only those who are considered Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) are allowed to go outside past curfew hours, provided that their travel is work-related.

Violation of existing curfew policies includes community service for the first offense, while a monetary fine and imprisonment may be imposed for second and third offenses, respectively.