THE Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS) caught 38 motorcycle riders wearing masks and 42 others using tinted helmets in the first two days of the implementation of a city ordinance.
CTMS and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office-Traffic Management Unit started the strict implementation of City Ordinance 206-2009 on Easter Sunday.
Roderick Daño, deputy chief of CTMS, said most of the persons caught were not from Lapu-Lapu. Most of the violators were caught on M. L. Quezon Highway.
Daño said violators will pay a fine of P500 and will have to settle this at the CTMS office.
The city ordinance, which was passed in 2009, prohibits the use and wear of tinted helmets and any face masks when driving motorcycles.
A person will only be exempted if he can present a medical certificate to the traffic enforcer.
Daño explained that a helmet with tinted visor is allowed, but it must be pulled up and must not cover the face of the motorcycle driver or the passenger.
He said those who were caught using a helmet with a tinted visor did not follow this rule.
“Ok ra na sya basta makita ang nawong. I-up lang og tarong. Mao man gyud nay purpose makita ang nawong sa (The important thing is we see the face of the) driver,” said Daño.
The fine for second-time violators is P750, and P1,000 after that.
If a fine is not settled, Daño said they will forward the matter to the City Legal Office.
The CTMS has 84 traffic enforcers around the city.
Daño said that traffic enforcers were advised to bring a copy of the city ordinance so they can present this to motorcycle riders who ask for proof during apprehension. (FMG)