BAGUIO CITY — Half a million domestic and foreign tourists are expected to spend the rest of the Yuletide season here and about 15,000 more vehicles to run around the thoroughfares.

In anticipation of the influx of domestic and foreign tourists here, Baguio City Mayor Domogan approved the suspension of Administrative Order No. 172 or the number coding scheme for private vehicles for the duration of the Yuletide season.

However, Domogan is appealing to motorists to strictly follow city traffic rules and regulations to prevent monstrous traffic jams on areas of interest in the city and nearby La Trinidad, Benguet.

Domogan said that motorists, in general, should strictly observe the different traffic laws implemented in the city to avoid the repeat of a similar problem in November during the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Manila.

Domogan cited that road discipline will help in reducing the exposure of motorists to untoward incidents that may pose a serious threat to life and limb.

”While it is true that during long holidays the city experiences worse traffic conditions, visitors should also be given the chance to roam around various tourist spots with their vehicles,” Domogan said.

in a separate interview, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Director PSSupt Rolando Miranda said the BCPO–Traffic Management Branch (TMB) and the Traffic and Transport Management Committee (TTMC) assured police visibility to assist motorists in the city and manage the traffic situation particularly in areas which are expected to have heavy traffic flow like central business district and the different parks and malls in the city. PNA/northboundasia.com