BONTOC, Mountain Province- The Bontoc Municipal Police Station (MPS) is reminding motorists/ drivers of road safety and solicited the assistance of the barangay officials in informing their constituents to always develop the habit of checking BLOWBAGETS.
The PNP came up with the “BLOWBAGETS” which is an acronym for a driver’s checklist and stands for battery, lights, oil, water, break, air, gas, engine, tire, and self.
PMAJ Joshua Mateo, the Chief of Police of the Bontoc MPS made this appeal during the 2nd Quarter Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting on March 16, 2022, held in Barangay Caneo, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
PMAJ Mateo mentioned that from January 16, 2022- March 15, 2022, eight non-index crimes and two index crimes were recorded. Of the total non-index crimes, six are Vehicular Traffic Accidents (VTAs) of which are related to liquor intoxication.
Relative to these incidents, he mentioned that the Bontoc MPS continuously intensifies its Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on responsible driving
as the primary cause of road accidents is human error, such as miscalculations on overtaking and turning; overloading; driving under the influence of liquor; texting while driving.
The official further said that they regularly conduct a series of visitations at terminals of public utility buses, public utility vans, public utility jeepney, and parking lots to remind drivers and conductors to develop the habit of checking BLOWBAGETS. He added that the same IEC is being done by the personnel of the Bontoc MPS in the establishment of checkpoints and conduct of foot patrol.
Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey who is the Chairperson of MPOC is appealing to drivers/ motorists to follow traffic rules.
“I urge everyone to drive sober and plan a safe ride home before drinking at holiday celebrations and gatherings. Let us not be reckless drivers to avoid vehicular accidents and save lives and properties,” Odsey added.
Meanwhile, the Bontoc MPS recorded a total of 169 violators of the Municipal Traffic Ordinance, and a total of P32, 000 was collected by the Office of the Municipal Treasurer due to the violation of the said ordinance from January 16, 2022 –March 15, 2022.