Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Makati to slap drunk drivers with stiffer penalties

Drunk drivers now face stiffer penalties in Makati City after Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun" Binay signed an ordinance that aims to curtail the disregard for traffic rules, the Makati City Hall said Tuesday.

Amending Makati City Traffic Code of 2003, the ordinance provides for the impounding of a drunk driver’s vehicle in addition to the P2,500-fine and/or imprisonment that the code prescribes for the first offense.

The penalty will cover not only drunk drivers but also those who drive motor vehicles under the influence of drugs, according to the city hall.

“Traffic violations aggravate the traffic situation in Makati, which has an average of 800,000 vehicles passing through its roads daily. This new ordinance aims to curtail the disregard for traffic rules, which is largely to blame for vehicular accidents that occur in our city," Binay said.

Makati’s local government will also recommend the suspension or revocation of a drunk driver’s license to the Land Transportation Office.
In a related provision, the ordinance meanwhile requires business establishments to refrain from serving liquor or intoxicating beverages to customers who drive a vehicle. “They are also required to post reminders against drunk driving in conspicuous areas in their place of business," the Makati City Hall said.

Establishments that fail to comply with this provision will be meted out a P2,500-fine and the suspension of the their business permit. — PE/VS, GMA News

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