In 14 hours, police authorities impounded 213 motorcycles, issued 595 citation tickets and arrested five for violation of local ordinances during the implementation of the recent Oplan One Time Big Time.
Set up to act on the rising non-index crimes specifically traffic related incidents especially those involving motorcycles as per reports at the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Bohol Provincial Police in Camp Dagohoy set up checkpoints last January 13, 2018.
A memorandum issued by Camp Dagohoy through Deputy Police Director Sr. Supt. Ale Baron directed all police stations to implement One Time Big Time Operations on Motorcycles on the said date from 6:00 an to 8:00 pm.
The memorandum by authority of the provincial Director, issued January 8 instructed chiefs of police, provincial public safety company and their chief, Provincial Intelligence Bureau to strictly implement RA 4136 or the Land Transportation Code of the Philippines.
Particular among those the traffic operation deputies check from motorists are those minor drivers, drivers without driving licenses, unregistered motorcycles, or those with expired registrations, improvised motorcycle parts, modified and noisy mufflers as well as those travelling without plate numbers in violation of the “no plate, no travel” policy, according to Baron in his memo directive.
Police Community Relations officer SPO4 Quinciano Lopena explained that a bad combination of an unlicensed driver on an unregistered motorcycle, or a registered motorcycle with expired registration, results to immediate impounding of the vehicle.
And as the operations is largely a reiteration of the traffic code of the Philippines, all other violations which are against the national law, can also cause a vehicle to be impounded, he added.
Those found in violation against the national law were issued Temporary Operator’s Permits (TOP) and were allowed to go, but their vehicles went to impounds.
Extra-modified motorcycles reaching the point that its road-worthiness is in question, police also deemed it impounded, until the owners can pay appropriate fines and can institute the proper corrections to make their vehicles road-worthy again.
Beyond that, for police who set up checkpoints without LTO deputation, the implementation of local traffic ordinances was the basis, Lopena commented.
This is also in line with the move to empower LGUs to enforce as well as generate local revenues, the police expert in community relations pushed.
Along this, a total of 595 drivers drove home with citation tickers instead of a TOP for their violations.
Those issued citation tickets for their local violations need to settle the penalties in their town treasury offices to regain their driving privileges, town officials said.
More than that, the Oplan One Time Big Time also netted five persons who were arrested, Camp Dagohoy Chief PSSupt Angeles Geñorga, citing the Oplan report summary said. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)