Fiesta first, then nab non-helmets

After the Nov 24 charter day of Dumaguete City, the Land Transportation Office and the Provincial Highway Patrol Group will resume operations to apprehend motorists who are not wearing helmets in all city streets and roads.

This is in compliance to the request of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, according to LTODumaguete Chief Alberta Janine Lawas.

Between now until November 25 should be ample enough period for the members of the public to be duly informed and to buy the required helmets.

Lawas issued a fair warning to all motorcycle riders that the full implementation of Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 requiring the use of helmets will resume on November 26, after the charter day celebration of the city.

She stressed that this is to give respect to the appeal of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to provide motorcycle riders at least two months for ample information drive and to purchase the helmets.

Mayor Remollo, along with other city officials including Councilors Lilani Ramon, Alan Gel Cordova, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Agustin Miguel Perdices, Estanislao Alviola, Manuel Arbon and Michael Bandal recently met with officials of LTO Regional Operations Officer Macario Getaruelas, LTO Dumaguete Chief Alberta Janine Lawas and HPG Team Leader Sr. Inspector Silvestre Cenia to build a consensus on how consensus on how to implement the national law.

From now until Nov. 25, apprehension for nonuse of helmets by motorcycle riders will be at the boundaries of Dumaguete-Bacong, Dumaguet e-Valencia, Dumaguete-Sibulan and the national highway.

However, full implementation of the helmet law that carries P 1, 500 up to P 10, 000 penalty will cover all the city streets without exemptions starting November 26.

Meanwhile, Lawas also clarified that there will be no apprehension for tricycles with more than three passengers.