Davao City to buy more breath analyzers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 March) — The city government will consider buying breath analyzing devices to help enforce Republic Act 10586 or the Anti Drunk and Drugged Driving Law, which took effect last week sans training and equipment for law enforcers here.

Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte at Sunday’s episode of Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa said the devices would cost around P10,000 each.

“If we have this law but there’s no equipment, we will see. But the problem is the budget has already been approved last year,” Duterte said.

The mayor lamented the lack of equipment for the law enforcers here.

Land Transportation Office assistant regional director Macario Gonzaga said in a text message Sunday that the regional office has received 10 breath analyzer kits for the region.

However, the LTO personnel has yet to receive training on the use of the device.

Last week, the Traffic Management Group, Philippine National Police, and Department of Health confirmed they had not received communication on the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10586 or the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013.”

The PNP and TMC are among the deputized units to enforce the law, with the DOH among the agencies drafting the IRR.

In an earlier report, the TMC admitted it could not yet arrest or fine motorists suspected of drunk driving in the absence of the IRR. (MindaNews)