Cops re­minds mo­torists: ‘Don’t drink and drive’

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA AR­CEL­LAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON - Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties over the week­end called on mo­torist not to never drive if un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor.

The town po­lice is­sued the state­ment fol­low­ing ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dents in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­volv­ing drunk driv­ers.

Chief In­spec­tor Louie Gon­zaga, this town’s chief of po­lice, said that at least seven deaths due to ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dents were re­ported here since De­cem­ber 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to Gon­zaga, al­most half of the fig­ure in­volves drunk driv­ers.

The lat­est ac­ci­dent in­volved two in­di­vid­u­als, who were on­board a mo­tor­cy­cle, un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol hit a con­crete pave­ment along Barangay San Miguel here.

Due to the im­pact, the driver died on the spot while his com­pan­ion was able to jump off the mo­tor­cy­cle be­fore it fi­nally hit the con­crete pave­ment, Gon­zaga said.

“Let us value our lives, and the lives of the peo­ple around us, and also the con­sider the feel­ings of our loved ones, and those that would be in­volved in the ac­ci­dents that we may cause if we con­tinue to th­ese dan­ger­ous habit of drunk driv­ing,” he said.

Gon­zaga said that the lo­cal po­lice, in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment here, is eye­ing a mu­nic­i­pal­ity-wide car­a­van to in­ten­sify in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion on the con­se­quences of driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“We are sit­ting it out with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and barangays so we can launch a car­a­van that will help us in­ten­sify our goal of ed­u­cat­ing motoring pub­lic re­gard­ing safe driv­ing,” he said.

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