By Jel Santos
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday cautioned motorists using the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to mind the newly installed concrete barriers for the new bus lane.
This was after some vehicles recently hit and slammed into the concrete barriers of the new bus lane.
Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said they recorded at least 11 vehicular accidents involving the newly installed concrete barriers, from June 1 to 19, 2020.
“Seven out of the 11 barrier-related vehicular accidents along EDSA were caused by over speeding vehicles,” she said. “When it is not traffic, do not over speed, and follow the 60 kilometers per hour speed limit on EDSA to prevent such accidents.”
She said the concrete barriers were not the ones at fault, but the motorists who over sped, miscalculated their turns and did not notice the barriers.
“One instance was that of a speeding delivery truck that rammed into the concrete barriers because the road was slippery due to the rain. The driver was speeding, that’s why the vehicle slipped off the road,” Pialago said.
“The driver of the truck was lucky that there was no speeding vehicle travelling on the bus lane that time or else his truck got hit,” she added.
Pialago said that the driver of the truck was apparently intoxicated when the accident happened.
“Please do not drink and drive, think of the lives of others. You are not only putting your life at risk, but the lives of others as well,” she reminded motorists.
The MMDA spokesperson urged motorists not to over speed and overtake when along EDSA, especially when the road is wet.
“Do not over speed and overtake. Just stay on your lane when driving along EDSA,” she reminded drivers.