IT seems fair to say that motorists and the rest of the commuting public can look forward to hassle-free travel, when the government launches a program aimed at promoting road discipline.
The government, through the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), also wants to say goodbye to the illegal use of sirens, blinkers and other unauthorized gadgets.
Dubbed “Oplan Disiplinadong Driver,” the program is also aimed at arresting the mushrooming number of deadly vehicular accidents not only in the metropolis but also in the countryside.
Every year, records show that road mishaps involving abusive and drug-crazed drivers claim the lives of many motorists, passengers and even pedestrians in various parts of the country.
PNP-HPG head Chief Supt. Arnel B. Escobal said “Oplan Disiplinadong Driver” will be implemented in coordination with other law enforcement authorities and local government units (LGUs).
They include the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Under Presidential Decree 96, which was issued by the late President Marcos, it is unlawful for the owner of any motor vehicle to use or attach to his/her vehicle gadgets that produce loud sound.
“We are asking all owners of motor vehicles and motorbikes using unauthorized gadgets to immediately remove them or they will be accosted by our men and the gadgets confiscated,” he said.
Although the government has banned the use of illegal sirens, blinkers and blinding LED lights, many motorists still use them, drawing the ire of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
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