By Yas D. Ocampo
Davao City – The city government is considering equipping traffic enforcers with body cameras so that it could weed out allegedly corrupt traffic personnel.
Speaking to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Press Corps here Tuesday, Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte said the idea of fitting traffic enforcers with body cameras was broached as early as the time of his father former mayor and now President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
And last week’s deadly accident along a national highway here, which claimed the lives of 11 persons, convinced him that it was, indeed, time to adopt the new practice.
The official accused enforcers from the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation and Franchise Regulatory Bureau (LTFRB) of accepting bribes, as well as being lax in the enforcement of traffic laws, such as the city’s speeding rules.
The city has a strict speeding ordinance, with maximum speeds of 30 kilometers per hour (kph) within city roads, and 60 kph in the city’s outskirts.
“I would suggest that the city looks into the possibility of purchasing body cams for our enforcers para mapakita nga naa gyuy ebidensya (so that’s there’s evidence),” Vice Mayor Duterte said.
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