More dep­u­tized agents needed to im­ple­ment cur­rent and new traf­fic laws

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRES PONDENT MICHELLE JOY L . PA­DAY­HAG

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in Cen­tral Visayas are en­cour­aged to have more of their own dep­u­tized traf­fic per­son­nel who would en­force traf­fic laws.

Alita Pulga, re­gional di­rec­tor of the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice in Cen­tral Visayas (LTO-7), made the call as the Anti-Dis­tracted Driv­ing Law took ef­fect yes­ter­day.

Pulga said that they have 502 dep­u­tized agents from the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice in Cen­tral Visayas (PRO-7).

“But still we need more dep­u­tized agents as we also con­tinue to en­force the law,” Pulga said in a press brief­ing in Cebu City.

Joel Maloloy-on, oper­a­tions head of LTO-7, cited the lack of man­power to im­ple­ment the cur­rent and the new laws and al- so echoed Pulga’s call for more dep­u­tized agents to help them ef­fec­tively en­force traf­fic laws such as the Anti-Dis­tracted Driv­ing Law.

Maloloy-on said that the of­fice has only 100 peo­ple for law en­force­ment in the en­tire re­gion.

“Not all per­son­nel are full time on street oper­a­tions since they also have other func­tions in the of- fice,” Maloloy-on told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

These in­clude con­duct­ing LTO train­ings and sem­i­nars and in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion.

He also said that each po­lice sta­tion has three to five dep­u­tized agents or an LGU could have at least three dep­u­tized agents.

The Anti-Dis­tracted Driv­ing Law bans the use of mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion, elec­tronic en­ter­tain- ment and com­put­ing de­vices or gad­gets while the ve­hi­cle is in mo­tion or stopped mo­men­tar­ily for a red light or at an in­ter­sec­tion. Vi­o­la­tors will be fined P5,000. How­ever, Pulga said that the LTO-7 had not yet ap­pre­hended any driver vi­o­lat­ing the new traf­fic law as of yes­ter­day.

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