Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Speed Gun on the Loose

If you are a resident of Davao City, you would probably know what I'm talking about. Recently, the City Government has implemented a law, Executive Order No. 39, mandating motorists to observe a specific speed limit for a designated area (from 30 kph to 60 kph). This is to alarm erring drivers who drives carelessly and recklessly as if they own the road and to avoid any mishaps. This newest gadget comes in handy by our Traffic Management Center (TMC) personnel who are posted in major points in the city and can detect speed by pointing on a particular vehicle a few meters away.

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Photo NOT mine.

Based on the E.O. No. 39, motorists must observe a maximum speed of 60 kph from and to the following points: Sirawan to Ulas Crossing, from Lasang to Panacan, from Calinan to Ulas Crossing and from C.P. Garcia Highway -MacArthur Highway to Panacan. A maximum speed of 40 kph from Ulas to Generoso Bridge/Bolton Bridge, from Panacan Crossing to J.P. Laurel Ave. -Alcantara and from Ma-a Diversion Road to MacArthur Highway. Further, within the city proper, one must observe a 30 kph maximum speed limit. Violators of this law are required to attend seminar and pay a P1,278 fine. On the 3rd violation, driver's license will be suspended by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for 2 months. (source: Mindanao Times dated Dec. 18, 2013)

Aside from the CCTV cameras which are installed in designated traffic light posts, this equipment thus detects the speed of ones vehicle. Yesterday, we were not spared of this. Driving along Quimpo Boulevard road on our way to office, we were asked to pull off from the road. My hubby was interrogated by the Traffic personnel. Honestly, the speed of 40 kph along that area is ridiculous. Following that speed with only you or a few vehicles passing the road is kind of dozing me off as a passenger and we are like having a leisurely tour around the city. It's just really too slow and I think it is not a suitable speed for a highway like that. Unlike other countries, each lane has a specific degree of speed in which I think should rightfully be observed. I am in favor of this law that is strictly implemented for the safety of everybody. Kudos to our beloved #Davaocitymayor Rody Duterte for always being in action and always empathizing Davaoeños. But I think to amend a little wouldn't harm and for everybody's benefit too. #justsaying


  1. i read in a newspaper that the Mayor said he does not care if you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the law because he is implementing it.

    but honestly, i have not felt the speed being limited nowadays because of the crazy traffic. it's like speed limit mode all the time. hehehe.


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