Use your helmets

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Friday, October 26, 2012


THE motorcycle helmet act of 2012 or Republic Act 10054 will soon be fully implemented by next year following the joint administrative order (JAO) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and DTI on the implementing rules and regulations of R.A. 10054 which obliges motorcycle drivers and riders to use protective motorcycle helmets with PS and ICC seals.

But prior to the passage of this law, motorcycle riders In the city of Baguio and other provinces of the Cordillera can be seen not wearing the standard helmets, most notable are those wearing the unprescribed helmets aside from not really wearing a helmet.

Why write about the helmet law? Well, try breaking a piece of egg by dropping it from 5 feet high, then you'll know what I mean. A human skull can only bare so much based on my news coverages in the past. Using a helmet can be compared with using a seat belt when driving a car.

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In the city alone, riders can be seen just wearing their baseball caps. A clear invitation for trouble.

Under the JAO, motorcycle drivers and riders caught driving without wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet will be fined P1,500 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, P5,000 for the third offense, and P10,000 for the fourth and succeeding offense plus the confiscation of the driver’s license.

The JAO also penalizes motorcycle dealers who don’t make available the new standard protective motorcycle helmets to their customers, those who sell substandard helmets or helmets not bearing the PS or ICC mark, and those who tamper or forge the PS or ICC marks in helmets.

Once the law is fully implemented, motorcycle users will now be obliged to buy protective motorcycle helmet based on the standards set by the DTI since substandard helmets are proven to be useless in saving lives in case of fatal accidents.

Is this forcing the riders to buy helmets for added expenses on their part? Or is this a way to really help the riders be safer from injuries resulting to motorcycle accidents? I'd bet that you'll go for the latter.

Just like in any given situation, one must abide by the rules set by the government. Especially if this is for their safety.

First time I started to drive, I didn't like the feel of having to wear a seatbelt. But after some weeks of using it, I now couldn't drive without wearing a seatbelt. It became habit forming.

So my recommendation for the motorcycle riders is, buy a helmet since this would save your life. But just make sure you buy the helmet prescribed by the DTI, and not those that doesn't follow the standards set by the government for at the end of the day, it's your life that at stake.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 26, 2012.

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