Manila Bulletin - Adoption Of Road Law Pressed

26 June 2012

By Mario B. Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

mb_onlineMANILA, Philippines --- Violence because of aggressive driving is senseless and it could be avoided.

Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stressed this on Tuesday as he pressed for the adoption by the Senate of his proposed Road Rage Law (Senate Bill No. 2923) pending in the Senate public order and illegal drugs committee chaired by Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II.

Marcos posted message in his Facebook account the other day regarding a road rage incident that recently happened in Quezon City leaving two people, including an innocent student, with gunshot wounds.

“The driver who fired the shots sped away. This is not the first time we hear of such incident and it won’t be the last,’’ Marcos pointed out.

The son of the late President Marcos explained that his bill seeks to curb the occurrences of senseless violence on Philippine roads and to instill discipline, control and restraint among road users.

“More and more countries and states are recognizing the pernicious behavior on the road as alarming and having caused injury and deaths to millions over the years,’’ he explained.

Marcos expressed hopes that his measure, once enacted into law, would ‘’once and for all stamp road rage as an unnecessary and reprehensible evil, and define such as a circumstance that could aggravate or even quality, an offense occasioned by it.’’

“We hope to pass this bill soonest so that such incidents can be minimized and our streets can be made safer after all. We ask all our motorists to observe courtesy among each other and keep heads ‘cool’,’’ he added.

The Senate is on a six-week sine die adjournment. It opens its doors for the third regular session of the 15th Congress on July 23.