Pinoys And Traffic Lights

Traffic lights are staple tools to help road networks in the flow of traffic.  Traffic lights are signaling system a motorist or pedestrian must follow for the traffic to be in order. Traffic lights are common to intersections with bulks of crossing vehicles and pedestrians. But do people really understand the concept behind traffic lights?

Kasi para sa akin, based on experience and observation, hindi. Pinoy yan eh.

Maraming tao ang nagrereklamo kapag may traffic jam. Maraming nagrereklamo kapag walang traffic enforcers. Maraming nagrereklamo kapag hindi nagbibigayan ang mga sasakyan. Gusto nila sila lagi ang mauuna at wala silang pakialam sa iba pang gumagamit ng kalsada. Ang solusyon? Maglagay ng traffic lights.

Naglagay ng traffic light pero bakit hindi pa rin umaayos ang flow ng traffic? Teka lang, lahat ba ng may license to drive eh alam kung para saan ang traffic lights. Para kasing hindi.

Traffic lights help control the flow of traffic sa isang intersection. It directs the vehicle and the pedestrians of their time to cross. Traffic lights alternate the right of way given to users by displaying lights of a standard color typically red, yellow and green.

The red light means that the incoming vehicle or person should stop. It prohibits any traffic from proceeding. The yellow light means that the traffic light will soon turn to red. It would either mean to slow down if there are vehicles in front of you or go faster if it’s safe to cross the intersection. The green light means go and you are allowed to cross the intersection.

Here in Lucena, the traffic signaling system directs both the vehicles and the pedestrians. And the traffic lights alternately give the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians to cross the intersection. May timer pa nga eh.

Here’s the problem, I think most people, vehicle owners, drivers or pedestrians are not familiar with the concept behind the traffic light. It’s as simple as give and take. When it’s the vehicle’s turn to cross, the pedestrians will wait. When it’s the pedestrian’s, the vehicles will then wait for their turn.

It’s a simple concept. And based from my observation when I go biking, people don’t follow or won’t follow it. Nakakalungkot lang. We have traffic rules for the drivers of different types of vehicles that they themselves should practice because prior to having a driver’s license, they go through an examination and understanding traffic lights is part of that. Meron pa ngang mga drivers na sa mismong pedestrian lane tumitigil kapag nakared ang signal or binoblock mismo ang pedestrian lane para doon magterminal kapag red ang signal ng traffic light. Kalimitan pa ay beating the red light ang ginagawa ng mga drivers mapaprivate man o public vehicles. Nakakahiya kasi simpleng disiplina lang yun eh hindi pa magawa. Yung iba pa nga eh kahit hindi pa fully green yung signal, kahit malapit pa lang magturn ayon sa countdown ng timer, eh aandar na agad. Red light pa rin yun ha.

Sa part naman ng pedestrians, may mga hindi din marunong sumunod. Kahit nakared pa, tatawid na. Makikipagpatintero sa mga dumadaan na sasakyan. Gusto atang mabangga. Minsan naman, hindi pa naggigreen, nagkacountdown pa lang, tatawid na. Ganyan katigas ang ulo ng mga Pinoy. Mapapakamot ka na lang sa ulo.

Minsan talaga, mapapaisip ka kung alin talaga ang may problema. Gobyerno ba o mamamayan? The government is doing a lot to impart order pero the people na mismo ang ayaw sumunod. The traffic light is an example of that. People want change but they themselves can’t do it by themselves. As long as people don’t follow the traffic light signals, this country will never move forward. Pinoy yan eh. Walang disiplina.

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