Benjamin Antonio Jr., chief of the Law Enforcement Unit of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)-11, briefs the media during the AFP-PNP press corps briefing about the implementation of the speed limit law in Davao Region.
DAVAO CITY – Nearly 20,000 motorists were apprehended by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 11 (Davao region) for speed limit violations since October last year.
In this city alone, more than 10,000 people were apprehended for various traffic violations, including drunk driving and driving without a helmet, said Police Major Ma Theresita Gaspan, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).
The figure represents the apprehensions made since October last year up to this month when LTO-11 intensified its crackdown on unsafe driving.
Benjamin Antonio Jr., LTO-11 Chief of the Law Enforcement Division, noted that in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur alone, they recorded some 4,500 violations on the first day of the heightened road safety campaign in October.
"Drivers may not be aware they have been caught by a high-end speed gun by the LTO traffic enforcers. Enforcers are out under a cool shade of a big tree somewhere in Nabunturan town, the busy streets of the city or somewhere along the national highway in Padada, Davao del Sur," Antonio said during the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Philippine National Police press briefing here Wednesday.
In Compostela Valley, Antonio said most motorists were surprised, apparently unaware that the traffic enforcers now use speed gun to catch violators.
LTO-11 has recently acquired a high-speed gun capable of capturing the plate number of at least three moving vehicles at one time and their actual speed. The speed gun contains a SIM card that has details of the violation, location, time, and date of the incident.
Antonio said he expects the number of violators to rise in the coming weeks as the LTO and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) started a crackdown on “colorum” or unregistered public vehicles.
During the first day of operation against “colorum” vehicles, the joint team already apprehended four vans and two taxi cabs that were operating outside their franchise line in Compostela Valley.
In Davao del Sur, the LTO apprehended nine passenger vans operating outside their franchise line and three multicab units plying between Digos and Padada without franchise. (PNA)