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Lawyer appeals to LTO:
Act on city’s helmet law


A motorist who is also a lawyer has appealed to the Land Transportation Office through a Motion Ad Cautelam to act on the implementation of RA 10054, or the Helmet Law.

Joel Obar said that in case no injunction is issued by the courts and no amendment is made on the law, he is pleading with LTO-Dumaguete chief Roland Ramos to issue a memorandum to its enforcement personnel and deputies that substantial compliance shall be respected, subject to regulations and limits on speed, people, time and space in the enforcement of RA 10054.

Obar asked that use of helmets be relaxed on weekends, holidays and when there are no classes, and in barangay and compound roads. He said regulations shall apply to main roads and within the city business and university center with speed limits of 40 kilometers under all circumstances, passengers should be limited to three with no minors below seven years old and that after 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., no more than two passengers are allowed and absolutely no minors.

He cited the case of Calalang vs. Williams (70 Phil. 726) which states that even as the law is to be implemented, it is significant to strike a balance. He said it should be humanized in Dumaguete to promote the interest of all component elements.*JFP/JG

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