Following a traffic altercation in Quezon City last week that, according to ABS-CBNNews.com, left a tricycle driver and his 12-year-old passenger with gunshot wounds, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is calling on his colleagues to pass Senate Bill 2923, otherwise known as the Road Rage Law, which he filed in July 2011.
"The driver who fired the shots sped away," said Marcos. "This is not the first time we hear of such incident, and it won't be the last. The bill that I filed, Senate Bill No. 2923, also known as the Road Rage Law, aims to curb the occurrences of senseless violence on Philippine roads, and to instill discipline, control and restraint among road users. More and more countries and states are recognizing this pernicious behavior on the road as alarming and having caused injury and deaths to millions over the years."
According to the lawmaker, the bill is currently pending for consideration in the Senate Committee on Public Order. If passed into law, the measure seeks to subject offenders to administrative proceedings by the Land Transportation Office, which would result in either the cancellation of their driver's license or a lifetime prohibition and disqualification from the issuance of a driver's license. If physical injuries, damage to property, malicious mischief, or threats on the occasion of road rage are committed with the use of a deadly weapon, the offender shall be punished "with the penalty next higher in degree." If the road-rage incident resulted in the death of the victim, the penalty for the offender shall be reclusion perpetua.
"We hope to pass the bill the soonest so that such incidents can be minimized and our streets can be made safer after all," added Marcos. "We ask all our motorists to observe courtesy among each other and keep heads cool. Violence due to aggressive driving is senseless and can be avoided."
Incidentally, in filing the bill, Marcos mentioned TopGear.com.ph's article, "Five most alarming road-rage cases in the Philippines," which was posted on this website in November 2009.