Press Release
September 26, 2011


I laud PNP chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome, and the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) under Chief Supt. Leonardo A. Espina for the strict implementation of Republic Act 10054 or the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2009. As of last Thursday (Sept. 22), nearly 400 civilians have been accosted by our law enforcers for the violation of the Helmet Law, as well as the "no plate, no travel" policy. They even apprehended four of their fellow officers for driving a motorcycle without a helmet and without a driver's license.

Magtuloy-tuloy lang ang pinag-igting na kampanya sa Helmet Law at mga ibang patakaran na kinalaman sa pagmomotorsiklo, hindi lang ang mga motorcycle-related accidents ang tiyak na mababawasan, pati na ang mga krimen. Ang mga ganitong hakbang ang kailangan para masugpo ang mga krimeng isinasagawa gamit ang motorsiklo, hindi ang pagbabawal sa pagsusuot ng helmet. Iba ang usapin ng road safety sa usapin ng security.

As I said before, exempting certain localities in the implementation of the Helmet law will not be a guarantee that crime incidents will decrease. The mandatory wearing of standard protective helmets of all motorcycle riders, including the backriders, is already law; and this law must apply to all. It was enacted to address the alarming number of motorcycle-related accidents in the country. Let this law serve its purpose.

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