THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas welcomed the Mandaue City ordinance that disallowed motorcycle drivers to wear bonnets, face masks and other garments that cover the face.
Superintendent Reyman Tolentin, PRO-Central Visayas information officer, said the new traffic rule can help in the investigation of shooting incidents perpetrated by riding-in-tandem assailants.
He hoped the other local government units, like Cebu City, will follow Mandaue City.
"It's a big help to the police that the motorists' faces have no cover," Tolentin said.
The police official understood the sentiments of the motorists, who said they wear masks to protect themselves from dust and smoke from bigger vehicles.
Tolentin said law enforcers should be strict in going after vehicles that emit black smoke.
The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) started apprehending drivers violating the ordinance on March 2.
Motorcycle drivers who are not wearing the prescribed helmet are also apprehended. (KAL/SunStar Cebu)