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Albay police receive vehicles to help drive vs traffic crimes

SPEEDIER WAY TO RUN AFTER TRAFFIC VIOLATORS. Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara turns over motorcycles to the local police to be used for more effective enforcement of traffic rules. RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

LEGAZPI CITY --- Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has allocated P14 million for the construction of a Traffic Command Center even as the provincial government intensifies its campaign to clear the roads of illegal structures and obstructions.

Bichara launched the Albay Traffic Command Management Center in Albay in consonance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to all local government units during the President’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) to clear roads of illegal structures and obstructions.

Bichara said that the construction of the Albay Safety and Management Facility will also be used by the Emergency Management Service and APSEMO for road and disaster response in the event of emergencies.

“This will be our centralized command for the provincial government of Albay for any immediate response. This facility will be built in about three hectares of land in Daraga, two hectares of which will be allocated for impounding errant vehicles,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bichara also turned over three vehicles and five motorcycles to Albay provincial police led Police Senior Supt. Wilson Azueta to be used for apprehension of violators. But he asked the cops to be courteous when apprehending violators.

“This is a pro-active approach so let us not wait until the situation worsens. Please use our citation tickets to revolve the operation of the command and for policemen to please be courteous when apprehending violators,” Bichara said.

The vehicles were turned over to the police provincial command. The provincial traffic code provides for the towing and impounding of illegally parked vehicles along the national road.

Bichara urged all local chief executives for the immediate implementation of the presidential directive against road obstructions and illegal structures, including related laws on traffic and road safety and management.

Police Senior Supt. Wilson Azueta of the provincial police command thanked the governor for the vehicles that will be instrumental in the effective implementation of traffic laws and in pursuance of the campaign against highway related crimes.

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