MMDA eyes closer work with police on traffic to prevent long traffic jams

With the Christmas shopping season starting to peak, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is eyeing closer coordination with police in investigating traffic incidents to prevent a repeat of long traffic jams.

The MMDA said the two agencies can speed up the processing of an accident site so the vehicles involved can be removed soonest, radio dzBB reported Sunday.

One way is to assign police personnel to team up with the MMDA so they can jointly respond to a vehicular accident, the report said.

The report said the MMDA does not want a repeat of the "carmageddon" that snarled traffic at the C-5 area earlier this month.

In that incident, one person was killed while at least 12 were hurt

in the Nov. 9 smashup near the Market!Market! area.

The incident snarled traffic from 2 to 10 p.m., the MMDA noted.

For its part, the Southern Police District was quoted in the report as saying it is open to the idea, saying the "carmageddon" at C-5 was "a lesson learned."

Traffic in major roads in Metro Manila is expected to grow heavy in the coming weeks as shoppers go to malls to hunt for Christmas gifts. –KG, GMA News


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