You know how everyone should be staying at home unless absolutely necessary because of COVID-19? Well, if we were to base whether or not this advice is being followed on the number of cars outside, it isn’t a good look for local motorists.
According to data collected by Summit Outdoor Media’s Vehicle Recognition Devices and Dashboard, a lot of people have been driving out ever since Metro Manila’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period lapsed. As in a lot.
Data recorded right before the pandemic kicked into full gear shows a total of 169,761 cars passed by Summit billboards on EDSA and C5 daily from March 1 to 14, 2020. From March 15 to May 15 during ECQ, this number dropped drastically to just 55, 706 vehicles. The lockdown succeeded in keeping motorists at home.
As soon as authorities loosened up and shifted Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), however, the number of cars outside began to spike. From May 16 to 31, the same billboards recorded 105,437 cars plying EDSA and C5 daily. And from June 1 to 30, this figure grew further to 139,289 cars.
“Contrary to most forecasts saying fewer people will be out and about, traffic in the metro has actually increased post-ECQ. As of June 22, our collected vehicle data from various parts of the metro show that there's an astounding 162% increase in daily vehicle traffic from the numbers during the ECQ,” Summit Outdoor Media says. “This is actually greater than the traffic count pre-ECQ and can go even go higher as traffic increases by 39% day by day.”
It looks like we’re returning to the old normal, at least traffic-wise. Remember: There have been reports that authorities are considering clamping down on Metro Manila if infections don’t slow down. If there’s no need to drive out, just stay at home. What do you make of these statistics?