Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Davao City has been the example of many cities across the Philippines when it comes to governance and implementing ordinances. When the Anti Smoking ordinance was strictly imposed in the city, many Dabawenyos were made aware of it. Those who resist the ordinance will learn their lessons well by paying the respective penalty or if not they will find themselves behind bars. Another ordinance in Davao is the speed limit ordinance. This ordinance gained many positive as well as negative reactions. Some of those who were greatly affected were the drivers and operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs) since their income were lessened. Commuters on the other hand complained the dragging speed limit because it caused so many delays. Some people, especially those who were extra cautious on things, appreciated the ordinance since it teaches people how to be disciplined and law abiding citizen. Many public and private drivers obeyed the rules because of the penalty imposed. This is also the reason why the increasing vehicular accidents in the city are dropping.

To strengthen these ordinances, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has officially announced that starting March 12, 2015, Anti-Drug Driving Law will take effect nationwide. Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly against the law.

Drivers should obey the rules or else a penalty of 3 months imprisonment and fine ranging from Php20,000.00 to Php80,000.00 are waiting for you.


"ANTI-DRUNK DRIVING LAW "
  • Professional drivers: Trucks, buses, motorcycles and Public Utility drivers should test zero (0%) for alcohol using the breath analyzer
  • Non-professional drivers threshold is 0.05% alcohol.

PENALTIES:
a.) if the violation did not result in physical injuries or homicide:
- 3 months imprisonment 
- fine ranging from Php20,000.00 to Php80,000.00

b.) if the violation resulted in physical injuries, the penalty provided in Art. 263 of the Revised Penal Code or the penalty provided in the next preceding subparagraph, whichever is higher, and a fine ranging from:
- Php100,000.00 to Php200,000.00.

c.) If the violation resulted in homicide, the penalty provided in Art. 249 of the Revised Penal code and fine ranging from:
- Php300,000.00 to Php500,000.00

d.) The Non-professional driver's license of any person found guilty shall also be confiscated and suspended for a period of twelve (12) months for the first conviction and perpetually revoked for the second conviction.

The Professional driver's license of any person found guilty shall also be confiscated and perpetually REVOKED FOR THE FIRST CONVICTION.

The perpetual revocation of a driver's license shall disqualify the person from being granted any kind of driver's license thereafter.

The prosecution for any violation of this Act shall be without prejudice to criminal prosecution for violation of the Revised Penal Code, Republic Act No. 9165 and other special laws and existing Local Ordinance (ORDINANCE NO. 0445-10 Series of 2010 for Davao City Only), whichever applicable.

DIRECT LIABILITY OF OPERATOR AND/OR OWNER OF THE OFFENDING VEHICLE:
The owner and/or operator of the vehicle driven by the offender shall be directly and principally held liable together with the offender for the fine and award against the offender for civil damages unless he or she is able to convincingly prove that he or she has exercised extraordinary diligence in the selection and supervision of his or her drivers in general and the offending driver in particular.

This section shall principally apply to the owners and/or operators of PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLES AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES such as delivery vans, cargo trucks, container trucks, school and company buses, hotel transports, cars or vans for rent, taxi cabs, and the like. (Source: Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte)


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