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Beng awaits speed limit edict, calls for more ‘rumble strips’

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Mayor Beng Climaco has welcomed the passage of an ordinance by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, setting the road speed limit in Zamboanga City in a bid to prevent loss of lives and limbs as a result of accidents.

However, Climaco said for now the city government does not have yet any gadgets or speed reader to measure or determine the speed of vehicles plying on the streets and highways.

“We wait for the final ordinance so we can allocate funds and buy the speed reader,” the mayor said during the press briefing Monday.

Road speed limits are used in most countries to set the maximum (or minimum in some cases) speed at which vehicles may legally travel on particular stretches of road.

In the meantime, she asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to come up with more “rumble strips” to prevent accidents, especially on national highways.

Rumble strips, also known as sleeper lines, alert strips, growlers, drift lines, and drunk bumps, are a road safety feature to alert inattentive drivers of potential danger, by causing a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the vehicle interior.

A rumble strip is applied along the direction of travel following an edge line or centerline, to alert drivers when they drift from their lane. Rumble strips may also be installed in a series across the direction of travel, to warn drivers of a stop or slowdown ahead, or of an approaching danger spot.

In favorable circumstances, rumble strips are effective at reducing accidents due to inattentiveness. (Vic Larato/PR)




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