LTO gets advance speed enforcement training

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    FOLLOWING the success of the first national speed enforcement training in October, Imagine Law and experts from Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) gave advance training on speed enforcement, particularly on vehicle identification and apprehension to LTO law enforcers.

    The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is determined to heighten speed limit implementation in the country and this training for the second batch of enforcers was welcomed by LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante who reminded everyone that “the speed that thrills, is the speed that kills.”

    GRSP experts Robert Susanj and Mark Stables led the training and shared best practices on apprehension, based on learnings from a dry-run conducted in Calabarzon and Bicol last year.

    “If local law enforcers are equipped with speed measurement devices and with the knowledge on speed limit enforcement, they become confident to make a difference and save more lives on the road,” Stables, a former national advisor in charge of road crash investigation in New Zealand commented.

    On the second day of the training, the participants headed to Clark, Pampanga for practical speed measurement exercises with the use of speed guns.

    “If we want to aggressively tackle the rising number of road deaths in the country, speed enforcement is key, and we are happy to see that the LTO is true in its commitment to increase the level of speed enforcement throughout the country, not just through this training but also by engaging local government units so that all roads in the Philippines have identified speed limits,” Sophia Monica San Luis, Executive Director of ImagineLaw, a public interest law organization advocating for road safety said.

    Aside from the training, the LTO, Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority sat down with ImagineLaw, GRSP to develop the Philippine Speed Enforcement Plan to map out all activities leading up to widespread speed enforcement.

    “Coming here, our goal is to assist the Philippines on coming up with a sustained speed enforcement action plan to ensure compliance with speed limits and maintain traffic movement at safe speeds,” Susanj, a former Chief of Slovenian Traffic Police said. – Gregory E. Bautista