Davao City adjusts allowable speed limit

MOTORISTS in Davao City can drive slightly faster than the enforced 30 kilometer-per-hour (kph) speed limit as long as they do not exceed 37 kph.

Rhodelio Poliquit, the chief of Davao City's Traffic Management Center (TMC), said Monday the maximum allowable speed on a 30-kph zone used to be 34 kph.

"Pag 35,36,33,34 kph, dili nato dakpon pero pag 37 kph up nagadakop na 'ta kay adjust naman 'ta karon kay ang mga tao aware naman (We will not arrest motorists doing 35,36,33,34 kph, but if they reach 37 kph up, we are apprehending them because we are adjusting now because the people have been aware of it)," he said.

Since the maximum allowable speed limit was enforced, there have been 7,000 to 8,000 speeding apprehensions, Poliquit said.

He said that his office is still waiting for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10586 or the "Anti-drunk or Drugged Driving Law."

Poliquit said that without the IRR, traffic enforcers are hesitant to apprehend drunk drivers.

"The one placed in a dangerous situation is the enforcer once he apprehends a drunk or a driver smelling liquor following a complaint from a commuter because there is still no IRR," he said.

He advised public transport operators to check their drivers and fire those proven to be using prohibited drugs or who drive drunk. (KGL)

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