DAGUPAN CITY – The Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) is set to further strictly implement the use of motorcycle helmet in the city effective September 25 in support of the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.

POSO chief Carlito Ocampo disclosed that the move is supported by City Ordinance No. 1922-2008 also known as Providing Supplementary Rules on the Use of Motorcycle Helmet in consonance with Republic Act 10054 or an act mandating all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving, and providing penalties thereof.

“We advise all motorcycle riders to wear their respective helmets effective September 25 while they are in the city,” said Ocampo.

Ocampo clarified that the implementation of the law is for the safety and security of the riders and their passengers.

“Towards this end, we shall pursue a more proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of the motorists, their passengers and pedestrians at all times through the mandatory enforcement on the use of standard protective motorcycle helmet,” added Ocampo.

Motorcycle riders with no helmet will be charged P1,500 as a penalty based on the penal provisions of the city ordinance.

Moreover, POSO Dagupan will also implement Republic Act 10666, an Act providing for the Safety of Children aboard Motorcycle or the “Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Act of 2015”.

Under the law, a child below 18 years old is prohibited to ride on a two-wheeled motor vehicle on public road unless his feet can comfortably reach the standard foot peg of the motorcycle; that his arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider; and that he is wearing the standard protective helmet or gear.

The law also mandates that no child will be sitting in front of the rider in transit, except in case of medical emergencies.

Riders caught in violation of the “Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Act of 2015” will be meted with the penalty of paying P3,000 for the first offense; P5,000 for the second offense; P10,000 for 3rd offense with a one-month suspension of license.

Succeeding offenses would mean the automatic revocation of the driver’s issued license. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Sept. 18, 2017)