ROAD TO PERDITION: Drivers high on drugs a danger to public safety

first_imgEnsuring PUV drivers are drug-free isa way of protecting the riding public from road mishaps, explained PoliceExecutive Master Sergeant Pedro Pericon, officer in charge of the ProvincialHighway Patrol Team-Iloilo. “Posiblemangin liable sila kon may matabo. PUV operators must practice extraordinarydiligence when it comes to safety,” said Pericon. Drivers hooked on drugs, he added,also have unreliable driving reflexes and easily get agitated. Don’t drink and drive, stressedPericon, as this is a sure way of figuring in a vehicular accident. But HPG eventually stopped its drugtesting. Pericon cited leadership changes in the police and the steep cost ofthe procedure. The police officer also reminded PUVoperators about their obligation to ensure public safety mandated by theircertificate of public convenience or franchise. Pericon observed that what’s mostly lacking among drivers isawareness on the proper use of public roads. Most of the vehicular accidentsinvolved motorcycles but there were also passenger jeepneys, private vehiclesand taxis, among others, said Police Colonel Roland Vilela, provincial policedirector. His team, according to Pericon, visitsvarious transport terminals to remind PUV drivers and operators about thedangers of drunk driving. HPG itself used to conduct random drugtests. Drivers who flunked were made to undergo drug rehabilitation. ILOILO City – Drug-addled drivers makepoor driving decisions and this puts the lives of their passengers at risk.Invoking public safety, the Highway Patrol Group’s (HPG) Provincial HighwayPatrol Team-Iloilo thus urged drivers, most especially of public utilityvehicles (PUV), to undergo voluntary drug testing and for PUV operators to makethis a regular practice.center_img “Very prejudicial sa safety sang ridingpublic ang isa ka driver nga nagagamit sang illegal drugs,” saidPericon. The Provincial Highway PatrolTeam-Iloilo also urged PUV operators to make sure their drivers are not reekingwith alcohol when driving. The Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo enforces traffic rulesand regulations fairly, he stressed. Data from the Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice showed that each month an average of 10 persons die in vehicularaccidents in the province. “We must do something to stem therising statistics on vehicular accidents and deaths,” he stressed. JEEPNEY RIDE. An Iloilo City-bound public utility jeepney picks up passengers gathered in front of a transport terminal in Barangay Buhang, Jaro district. The jeepney started as remodeled army vehicles left behind by US forces after World War II. Mainly patronized by low- to middle-income passengers, it has become the core of Philippine public transport. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN To date since Jan. 1 this year, theIPPO already recorded 102 road mishap fatalities. “Indi mantanan pero may mga drivers kulang gid ‘ya sang education with regards sa paggamit sang karsada. Like mayma-overtake sa solid line whichis indi puede. Pag-abot sa city may ‘Slowdown’ sign pero sige or wala sila naga-respond.May ‘No Parking’ sign pero naga-park gid,” lamented Pericon. The Highway Patrol Group is mandated to also help implement localtraffic ordinances, enforce the law related to carnapping, highway robbery,Presidential Decree (PD) 1612 or anti-fencing law, PD 96 or illegal attachmentof vehicles, and other crimes involving the use of motor vehicles on highways./PNlast_img read more

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Mouth-watering Turbo quarter-final clash on tonight

first_imgTWO mouth-watering clashes are on this evening in the Turbo Knockout Football Tournament at the Ministry of Education ground Carifesta Avenue.The tournament favourites ,Police, are the first team in action on the night as they play Kuru Kuru from 18:30.Led by the inform, Dwayne Jacobs, the Police line-up has always been a formidable one to play against and Kuru Kuru will have their work cut out.The out-of town side will have to bring their best if they are to ensure a progression to the next round of the tournament but the pundits have placed the odds firmly in favour of the Georgetown Side.In the second game of the evening, the Pele side will have to do battle with Grove Hi-Tech from 21:00hrs.Pele has been one of the inform teams in the tournament thus far,and it will make for an interesting matchup when they take on the surprise packages in Grove Hi-Tech.The Grove side has been known to be giant players in their own regards and Pele could be the next target to be felled, especially since there is a semi-final spot at stakelast_img read more

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