It looks like the government is about to lend local traffic enforcement a helping hand in its fight against erring motorists.
According to a report by the Philippine Star, President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a P330-million procurement of radar speed guns, breathalyzers to use against drunk drivers, weighing instruments to detect overloaded vehicles, and other traffic enforcement tools.
“Right away the President approved it. He is that concerned,” Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa reportedly said during an interview with DZMM.
The official added that President Duterte expressed worry over the number of road accidents leading to fatalities.
Drunk driving is a prevalent issue here in the Philippines, so the move to procure additional breathalyzers is something that deserves praise. According to Land Transportation Office (LTO) data collected in 2018, only 100 drunk drivers were apprehended that year—all of them first-time offenders.
Similarly, overloaded trucks have made a mess out of busy thoroughfares like C5, making roads uneven and leaving behind ‘killer mounds’ wherever they pass.
Do you think additional equipment will have a positive effect on the state of road safety in the Philippines? Share your thoughts in the comments.