DAGUPAN CITY – Public Order and Safety Officer Carlito Ocampo ordered the apprehension of one traffic enforcer in the city for violating City Ordinance 1922-2008 providing for Supplementary Rules on the Use of Motorcycle Helmet.
“The law applies even to our traffic enforcers,” said Ocampo after a traffic enforcer identified as one July Espino was caught in a video riding a motorcycle without crash helmet along M.H. del Pilar street on September 25, the very day when the POSO implemented the ‘helmet’ ordinance in support to Republic Act 10054 otherwise known as An Act Mandating all Motorcycle Riders to Wear Protective Motorcycle Helmets while Driving and Providing Penalties thereof.
The video had gone viral in the social media network on that day after a netizen uploaded it in the Facebook.
“We are very thankful that a netizen uploaded this video, we need everyone’s cooperation in instilling discipline not only to our motorists but also to our enforcers. We will not tolerate wrong doings and the law should be applied to all including us,” said Ocampo.
Espino flagged down a motorist on that day for not wearing his helmet. The motorist was identified as Dominic Jay J. Meer of Barangay Nagsaing, Calasiao,
Meer was not able to present his driver’s license when stopped by Espino prompting the latter to impound the motorcycle driven by Meer at the POSO office.
Espino decided to ride on Meer’s motorcycle in going to the city hall, but both were caught on camera for not wearing helmet by a netizen who uploaded the video in his Facebook account.
As of September 26, POSO Dagupan has already apprehended a total of 145 violators of the ‘helmet’ ordinance and were all meted with the corresponding fines. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Sept. 26, 2017)