For using ‘siren,’ student to lose license

A STUDENT from Lapu-Lapu City went viral on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, after he was shown on social media using a “wang-wang” or siren just to get to school.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan identified the student as the boyfriend of his daughter, Jasmine, and vowed to turned him over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Central Visayas on Monday, Jan. 27, so he can be investigated, said LTO 7 Director Victor Caindec.

The viral video was originally uploaded as an Instagram story by a certain “JasmineKingChan,” who is believed to be the mayor’s daughter.

Based on the video’s caption, the male student, who is allegedly studying in an aeronautics school in Lapu-Lapu City, was running late for an exam.

The video has been shared across Facebook, provoking the ire of netizens.

Caindec said the student committed traffic violations such as reckless driving, failure to wear a seat belt and infraction of Presidential Decree (PD) 96.

PD 96 provides that any siren, bell, horn, whistle or other similar gadgets may be attached to and used only on motor vehicles designated for official use by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Commission, police and fire departments; and hospital ambulances.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Caindec said the student’s license will be suspended for a year.

Caindec will also conduct an investigation to determine the owner of the vehicle and why it had a siren.

On his Facebook page, Chan condemned the act made by the student and stressed that he will not tolerate such violations, even if the erring persons involved are friends or family. (HBL, RTF)


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