In his bid to make roads safer for both motorists and pedestrians alike, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. is set to re-file in the coming 16th Congress his bill seeking deter road rage-related crimes.
“This bill hopes to once and for all stamp road rage as an unnecessary and reprehensible evil,” Marcos said.
The bill defines “road rage” as an assault or attack on the person or property of the driver or passenger of another vehicle, or upon the person or property of a pedestrian or onlooker, by reason of, or on the occasion of an incident that occurred on the road.
“Senseless violence need not erupt from the road. Road users always begin their respective journeys incognito and as strangers. It is unfortunate if these strangers on the road end up hurting, or even killing, each other over a dispute that arise out of spontaneity on a communal road,” Marcos said.
Under the bill road rage shall be considered as special aggravating circumstance when, on the occasion of road rage, the following offenses shall have been committed: damage to property or malicious mischief, physical injuries, threats, and defamation.
If on the occasion of road rage, such crimes were committed with the use of a deadly weapon, or committed by two or more persons, the crime shall be punished with the penalty next higher in degree.
On the other hand, if on the occasion of road rage, the offender caused the death of the victim, the penalty shall be reclusion perpetua.
The calls for administrative proceedings conducted by the Land Transportation Office against road rage offenders for the cancellation of their driver licenses and lifetime prohibition and disqualification from future issuance of driver’s licenses.
Likewise, the LTO is mandated to conduct seminar on proper, safe and careful driving, as well as anger management, to road rage offenders.