We spent some time with the patrol officers of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway today, and it was inevitable that our conversation led to speed-limit violations.
According to the SCTEX patrol group, on the average, they would apprehend around 20 violators a day. On holidays, however, they could catch as much as 50 violators.
The recent holiday brought on by yesterday's barangay elections proved to be different, however. In a span of two hours on October 26--from 10am to 12 noon to be specific--they nabbed a total of 50 violators.
We also asked them what the fastest violator they had ever tagged with their speed gun, and it was a silver Nissan GT-R with a "Godzilla" vanity plate, clocked at 277kph on the northbound stretch headed toward Tarlac. (Of course, that's not saying no car has driven faster than that; it's simply the recorded speed committed by someone who was actually caught and given a ticket.)
If you're wondering how the GT-R was ensnared, one patrol officer told TopGear.com.ph that one of their vehicles caught up with the sports car since the GT-R was parked on the expressway shoulder. Apparently, its high-speed run caused its engine to blow up, forcing the driver to park it on the side of the highway.
So, if you plan on breaking the speed limit on the SCTEX this coming All Saints' Day weekend, we just have to warn you that the patrol group is expecting you to do just that. They'll be waiting.