Traffic violators apprehended in various police operations in Dumaguete City increased four times in the first quarter this year.
Acting city police chief Sr. Supt. Jonathan Pineda said records at the police station show 4,804 motor vehicles apprehended from January to March, almost four times higher than the 1,270 recorded in the same period last year during the incumbency of then police chief Supt. Jovito Atanacio.
Pineda replaced Atanacio in November 2017.
As soon as he assumed office, Pineda said he ordered daily random checkpoints in different parts of the city, with no less than 10 motorcycles a day apprehended.
He said majority of the apprehended motor vehicles were motorcycles, although four-wheeled and other vehicles were also the subject of inspection/apprehension during random checkpoints.
Pineda said motorcycles were usually the subject of random police checkpoints and other operations for reasons, like the riding-in-tandem suspects in many shooting and killing incidents, as well as robbery cases.
A second consideration why we flag down motorcycles is that, as you can see, there is much traffic in Dumaguete and we can add to the traffic in the streets,” he said.
Dumaguete City is widely known as the “motorcycle capital” of the Philippines, with thousands of units plying the city streets, excluding those coming in and out of the city from other towns.
Pineda further said the police would flag down four-wheeled vehicles if these appear “suspicious”, or if an alert for a particular subject vehicle is put out.
He, however, could not give a breakdown of the apprehended motor vehicles during the first quarter.
Violations range from driving without a license, no registration papers, and the absence of accessories, such as side mirrors, signal lights and mufflers, among others.*PNA
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