60% Reduction in Fatal Road Accidents in Davao Attributed to Speed Limit Laws

A significant decrease in number of road accidents has been reported amid observance of the Davao City’s speed limit policy.

Gomer Dy, directory of Land Transportation Office (LTO) Davao Region said his office recorded 20 per cent decrease in minor and 60 per cent drop in fatal road accidents last year. While 2015 data is not yet available, Dy said the local office managed to collect P526,512,130 from vehicle registrations and increase in penalties imposed on erring motorists from January to August of this year.

Despite the stellar improvement in reduction, Dy said LTO Davao Region will continue to intensify monitoring of local speed limit laws and stricter policies in application of licenses.

“Part of the requirements sa pagkuha ug license is the written and practical exams, if dili ka makapasa niini, dili pud ka basta-basta makakuha ug lisensya (if you don’t pass you can’t get a license),” Dy said.

He said members of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in Davao Region can be tapped if necessary.

Davao City’s Executive Order 39 set the speed limits for all types of motor vehicles within the city’s territorial jurisdiction in 2013, enforced to address the increase in traffic accidents due to, among others, reckless driving and overspeeding..

Anyone who violated the ordinance will be fined P2,000 for first offense, P3,000 for second offense and suspension of driver’s license for six months on third offense. For subsequent offenses, the violator will be fined P10,000 and the revocation of driver’s license.

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