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Naga to intensify anti-drunk driving

By Paulo DS Papa


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) will soon intensify the implementation of R.A. 10586, the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013, in Naga City, according to Police Staff Sergeant Roberto Aguillon, deputy spokesperson of the Naga City Police Office.


This law prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Violators face fines and imprisonment as outlined in Section 12 of the act, which includes:


- If the violation did not result in physical injuries or homicide, the penalty is three months of imprisonment and a fine ranging from P20,000 to P80,000.


- If the violation resulted in physical injuries, the penalty is in accordance with Article 263 of the Revised Penal Code or the higher penalty from the preceding subparagraph, along with a fine ranging from P100,000 to P200,000.


- If the violation resulted in homicide, the penalty is in accordance with Article 249 of the Revised Penal Code and a fine ranging from P300,000 to P500,000.


- Nonprofessional drivers will have their licenses confiscated and suspended for 12 months for the first conviction and perpetually revoked for the second. Professional drivers will have their licenses perpetually revoked upon the first conviction, permanently disqualifying them from obtaining any type of driver’s license thereafter.


In an interview, Aguillon stated that enforcement of these rules will commence upon the arrival of breath analyzers, which the office has ordered. These devices will be utilized during the Peñafrancia festivities this year.


Aguillon highlighted the potential for increased drunk driving incidents during the festival, where alcoholic beverages are commonly served. When asked about the number of units and funding, he mentioned that City Police Director Colonel Erwin Rebellon has directed the prompt purchase of the breath analyzers.


Once the analyzers arrive, police will conduct checkpoints throughout the city to detect drunk or drugged drivers. Drivers found to be intoxicated will be taken to the nearest hospital for a medical examination and then detained at the closest police station to face charges. Aguillon emphasized that enforcement will rely on analyzer results rather than subjective assessments based on behavior or odor, ensuring more accurate implementation of the law.


Additionally, Aguillon confirmed that the PNP and local government are still in the process of developing contingency plans, regulations, and guidelines to ensure security during the fiesta.

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