LTO Davao Region to enforce anti-drunk driving

Subscribe Now June 11, 2015 at 08:43am

AN OFFICIAL of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Davao Region said they are already ready for the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10586 or "Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013" after several weeks of delay.

LTO assistant regional director Macario Gonzaga said they conducted several trainings with Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Compostella Valley, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental in preparation for the full implementation of the law.

"For the whole region, we have completed the series of special trainings with our deputized personnel and they are now ready to conduct law enforcement on drunk driving," Gonzaga said Tuesday in AFP-PNP press conference held at the Task Force Davao Headquarters.

"Davao Region is already ready for the implementation. In fact, we have already conducted law enforcement on the drunk driving law in some areas. Usually our personnel are conducting it during night time from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.," Gonzaga added.

He also admitted they have arrested violators right after the implementation of the law "but we did not turned them over to the authorities yet."

Motorists using a non-professional driver's license with blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.05 percent will also be jailed for a minimum of three months, fined a minimum of P20,000 up to P40,000.

In cases of damage to property, a fine of P100,00 to P200,000 will be collected with one year of imprisonment. If the violator committed homicide, they need to pay P300,000 to P500,000 and a perpetual disqualification of holding a driving license.

Vehicles will also be impounded in the nearest LTO office.

Yuri Lim, team leader of the law enforcement group, during his demonstration in front of the media Tuesday, said that a violator must be identified with the probable causes of drunk driving before he or she will undergo the breath analyzer.

"The procedural part of the enforcement of the RA 1 Overspeeding, lane struggling, lane weaving, and sudden stops. Other factors under intoxication of liquior also include redish face, evident smell of alcohol. After having those probable causes, we invite the driver to step out the vehicle and undergo our sobriety tests," said Lim who got his training in Manila.

Field Sobriety Test (FST), according to Lim, included the eye exam, straight-walk test, and one leg stand.

"Kahit bagsak kahit sa isa lang na test ay pwede na siyang mag undergo sa alcohol breath analyzer. For private vehicles, dapat 0.05 percent ang alcohol level while 0.00 % for motorcycles, buses, and fire hire vehicles. If nag violate ang motorist, the receipt of the breath analyzer will be turned over to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) wherein the proper filing of charges will be made."

Lim said that a total of 10 alcohol breath analyzers were distributed in the whole Davao Region while five pieces of it are in Davao City which will be given to all districts here.

Gonzaga said the alcohol breath analyzer costs P78,000 each.


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