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PIA Press Release
2010/09/25

PNP Lagawe enforces mandatory helmet on motorcycle riders

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (25 September) -- The local police here is set to implement Republic Act No. 10054 or the Mandatory Helmet Law which requires all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective helmets while driving at any time of the day, in any type of road or highway.

In a radio interview, SPO2 Romualdo Gano, Lagawe police Operations Officer said the police will also be on the look out for adults carrying the children who are without any head and body protection while riding motorcycles.

"It was observed that parents are riding motorcycles properly helmeted but they are carrying their children who are without any head and body protection," Gano said adding that even months-old babies are not spared from this absurd malpractice.

This is a clear case of child abuse since this is a circumstance which gravely threatens or endangers the survival and normal development of children under RA 7610 or the Child Protection Law, Gano explained.

According to Gano, the police will start apprehending violators once they are finished with their information dissemination about said law.

Gano is confident that the Helmet Act will serve its purpose which is to reduce the high number of serious injuries and deaths in accidents involving motorcycles. "From narrow streets to major thoroughfares, motorcycles and scooters are common sight every day and night. Wearing of helmets will greatly reduce fatalities in road accidents and would also boost a sense of discipline to all motorcycle riders," he pointed out.

According to the Philippine National Police, there is a booming motorcycle sale in the country with an average of 7,000 motorcycle units a week. Unfortunately, with the rise of the motorcycle sale comes the alarming increase of motorcycle-related accidents.

A report of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) showed that a total of 209 cases of accidents involving motorcycles have been recorded in January this year, a significant increase compared to last year's record of 106 cases. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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