REGIONAL NEWS: Health office pushes for strict implementation of helmet law

by Marites B. Beñas

BANGUED, ABRA — The provincial health officer is calling for the strict implementation of the traffic laws particularly the wearing of helmet by motorists as hospital records show that 80 percent of vehicular accidents resulted to head injuries usually causing deaths.

Dr. Godofredo Gasa said the head injuries are due to non-wearing of helmets among motorists.

Republic Act No. 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act requires all motorcycle riders, including drivers and back riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets at all times while driving, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and highway.

The law also provides that any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet will be punished with a fine of P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000 for the third offense; and P10,000 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.

The non-implementation of the ‘no plate, no travel policy’ of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) was also raised because most of the killings in the province are carried out by men riding in tandem on a single motorcycle without plate numbers.

LTO chief Eusebio Bidalen explained that due to lack of personnel to apprehend violators of the said traffic laws, LTO relies on the support of the police particularly the Highway Patrol Group (HPG).

Bidalen also informed the body that the Abra Police Office had already assigned some of their men to be deputized for this particular function adding that they had already undergone the training in preparation for their deputation as traffic law enforcers.#