LTO summons drivers involved in hit-and-run cases in Parañaque City
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Tuesday issued show cause orders against the drivers involved in two separate car accidents in Parañaque City.
Among the drivers summoned was Raymond Zaparin, the owner and driver of the motor vehicle with plate number UXO-295 that hit and ran over a street sweeper on September 24, 2022 in Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City.
The second batch of show cause orders was against Rodolfo Cudiamat, the driver of the motor vehicle with plate number NCV 4752, and Visitacion Hugo, the owner of the vehicle that allegedly committed the hit-and-run case against two children who were walking along Bodoni St. corner Extra St., 4th Estate, Brgy. San Antonio, Parañaque City on September 20, 2022.
These incidents resulted in severe injuries to the street sweeper and the death of a three-year-old child with her companion sustaining injuries.
LTO chief Teofilo Guadiz III then expressed shock at how reckless drivers are and condemned the incidents, as well as the drivers “who showed indifference and were seen to be adamant in denying any wrongdoing on their part.”
“Are our streets already this dangerous? Is it because of the presence of ill-disciplined drivers who seem to have utter disregard of our traffic laws that were placed for the safety of both drivers and pedestrians? How many lives, particularly that of children, will be placed in danger because of these perennial road safety violators,” Guadiz said in a statement.
“I believe it is about time we revisit our current laws on road safety and the penalties accorded thereto to give it more teeth in order to weed out these ‘bad egg’ drivers,” he added.
The drivers and the vehicle owner were directed to appear at the LTO-NCR office in Quezon City to explain why their motor vehicle registration and driver’s license should not be suspended or revoked for alleged violation of traffic laws such as Improper Person to Operate a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Abandonment of Victim, and other traffic laws, rules, and regulations.
Guadiz then vowed that he would see to it that all three motorists would not be allowed to drive and apply for a driver’s license anymore once they were proven guilty.
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