Police team up with LTO to curb motorcycle-riding criminals-A A +A
Sunday, August 12, 2012
DUE to rampant motorcycle accidents and crimes committed by suspects riding in tandem in motorcycles, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) will partner with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to enforce the Land Transportation and Traffic Code (Republic Act 4136).
City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, chairperson of the City Council committee on police, fire and public safety, said around 50 Cocpo personnel composed of station commanders of different police precincts and key officials will soon be deputized by LTO to help curb crimes committed by perpetrators who are using motor vehicles.
Nacaya said these Cocpo personnel have undergone briefing by LTO regional director Esteban Baltazar.
“The collaboration with both agencies was the outcome of discussions last week with the LTO on issues regarding the conduct of checkpoints and look into the problem of motorcycle vehicles, which Councilor Ramon Tabor reported two weeks ago,” Nacaya said.
He said it was noted that Cocpo personnel can only issue citation tickets to violators of traffic rules and other city ordinances but do not have the authority to issue Temporary Operator’s Permit since they are not deputized by LTO.
“With this approach, riding in tandem incidence and other crimes using motor vehicles will be intercepted,” Nacaya said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 12, 2012.