Speed Limit law promises benefits to Davao residents

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THE approval of the "Speed Limit Ordinance" in Davao City promises significant benefits to its residents by curbing road accidents within the city, according to a representative from the Davao City Police Office-Traffic Enforcement Unit (DCPO-TEU).

In a recent phone interview, DCPO-TEU Chief PMajor Dexter Domingo told SunStar Davao that the ordinance's passage during the 20th City Council would have positive implications for the public.

He said DCPO-TEU furnished substantial data to Councilor Luna Dominique Acosta's office. This data encompassed details about the number and severity of road incidents and the principal vehicles involved. Such information proved invaluable in formulating an ordinance attuned to Davao City's road dynamics.

Meanwhile, City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) Head Dionisio Abude underscored their pivotal role in executing the new speed limit ordinance. CTTMO is currently in the preparation stages, aiming to materialize the law by installing new traffic signs incorporating multiple speed limits across the city's roads.

The final documents of the ordinance, duly signed by City Mayor Sebastian Duterte, are anticipated by both CTTMO and DCPO-TEU. Upon receipt of these documents, and with Councilor Acosta's guidance, CTTMO and DCPO-TEU will gradually introduce the new speed limits.

Unlike the previous executive order that specified speed limits for only 12 roads, the new ordinance designates varying speed limits for different roads. This approach seeks to underscore the safety of pedestrians and motorists and regulate traffic flow throughout the city's streets and bridges.

To ensure compliance, those found in violation will face administrative penalties. The fines for initial infractions will amount to P1,000, while second offenses will incur a penalty of P2,000. Subsequent violations will carry a fine of P5,000. A further P500 charge will apply if the fines are unpaid within seven calendar days. RGP

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