LTO-Davao soon to acquire speed tracking devices

Subscribe Now November 26, 2013 at 08:18am

THE regional office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Davao will soon acquire at least 10 speed tracking devices that will be utilized for the implementation of speed limits in Davao City.

LTO-Davao chief operations division Eleanor S. Calderon, who was guest in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex, said they have requested for these devices, also called speed guns, early this year and are waiting for their approval and procurement next year. Each speed gun costs some P200,000 to P250,000.

"It cannot be determined if the vehicle is going over the speed limit unless we have the speed guns," Calderon said.

LTO-Davao has yet to acquire a single speed gun.

Calderon said traffic enforcers are trained to be able to determine if the vehicle is speeding or not but to be more objective and accurate they still need to have the right equipment for the job.

For the speed gun to be more effective, they are requiring all vehicles in the city to have an operational speedometer.

"We found out that there are vehicles, especially the public utility vehicles, have a non-operational speedometer. This is what we are checking right now. It is important that they install speedometers so that we can determine, especially with the use of the speed gun, if they are over speeding," Calderon said.

She said the speedometers should be installed by vehicle owners, or they may be penalized if they failed to do so.

Calderon said they have yet to determine the required number of speed guns for the city, but was quick to add they need more for a large city, like Davao.

Last October 29, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Executive Order 39 that sets the speed limit for all vehicles in the city.

A maximum of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) should be observed along roads from Sirawan to Ulas Crossing, from Lasang to Panacan, from Calinan to Ulas Crossing, and from C.P Gracia Highway McArthur Highway to Panacan; 40 kph from Ulas to Generoso Bridge/Bolton Bridge, from Panacan Crossing to J.P Laurel Avenue-Alcantara, and from Ma-a Road Diversion to McArthur Highway; and 30 kph from J.P Laurel Ave. Alcantara to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, from Buhangin Crossing-Milan to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, from C.P Garcia Highway-Bacaca Road to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, and from C.P Garcia Highway-Angliongto St. to Bolton/Generoso Bridge.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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