1,889 Metro Motorists Break Traffic Rules, Nabbed

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1,889 Metro Motorists Break Traffic Rules, Nabbed


Byline: ELENA L. ABEN

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Ricardo de Leon yesterday called on the public to exercise self-discipline as he reported that in less than a week of massive operations against traffic violators, joint teams of the NCRPO-Traffic Enforcement Group (TEG) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have nabbed 1,889 motorists in the course of the "No Plate, No Travel" policy implementation.

Since the new policy began last March 10, 66 vehicles have been impounded due to various flagrant violations of traffic rules and regulations, most of which had no rear and front license plates attached, were unregistered, bore expired conduction stickers, and with drivers using delinquent licenses.

The big number of traffic violators in Metro Manila prompted De Leon to encourage the public to exercise self-discipline, follow the simplest traffic rules, and cooperate with traffic enforcers who are simply doing their job.

"The exercise of self-discipline is an indication of progress and social development," the NCRPO chief said.

He urged the public to shy away from the "easy to get away with" notion, which, he said, is typical of the criminal mind-set. "The reason we have laws is to put order in our society. …

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