By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
More than a thousand traffic violators were apprehended by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in its nationwide road transport law enforcement on Friday.
In a data from the LTO’s Law Enforcement Services (LTO-LES), a total of 1,123 were nabbed for violations of different land transport and traffic laws as of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, following the implementation of the agency’s “National Intensified Enforcement” project.
Majority of the violators were caught disobeying Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, driving without seatbelt and motorcycle riders without helmet or protective gears.
Other motorists were also nabbed for anti-overloading, anti-distracted driving, and for violating child safety on motorcycles.
Apart from these, LTO enforcers also flagged down some motor vehicle drivers and were reminded to follow land transport and traffic laws, rules and regulations.
Lawyer Clarence Guinto, acting director of LTO-LES, said their team were able to apprehend one driver in Quezon City who has expired drivers license.
The driver was also found in possession of crystal meth or shabu resulting in his arrest. He was turned over to Quezon City Police Station 6 where he is currently detained.
According to LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, Friday’s activity is part of the agency’s continuing enforcement program to prevent road crash incidents.
“The LTO has been conducting Operations against road traffic violators, in coordination with various concerned agencies. This continuing activity aims to prevent road crashes nationwide,” Galvante said.
The LTO chief added that the project was also in compliance with President Duterte’s instruction to conduct joint operations against violators of road transport and traffic laws, rules and regulations.
All regional offices of the LTO nationwide conducted the enforcement in cooperation with different agencies including the Philippine National Police- Highway Patrol Group, Department of Public Works and Highways, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and local government units.