Makati to impose stiffer penalties for drunk drivers

( Makati Mayor Junjun Binay has signed a new ordinance that provides for the impounding of vehicles of drunk drivers, reports GMA News. This is in addition to paying a P2,500 fine and the possibility of facing imprisonment during the first offense as stated in the Makati City Traffic Code of 2003.


A Philippine Daily Inquirer report said that Binay approved the ordinance to ensure compliance with traffic rules and to prevent road accidents.  According to the report, a total of 781 road accidents were recorded in Makati during the first half of 2011 while 1,434 road accidents were recorded last year.  "Traffic violations aggravate the traffic situation in Makati, which has an average of 800,000 vehicles passing through its roads daily," Binay said in a statement. "This new ordinance aims to curtail the disregard for traffic rules, which is largely to blame for vehicular accidents that occur in our city."


According to Interaksyon, the city will also recommend to the Land Transportation Office the suspension or revocation of the drunk driver's license.

For more on this story, log on to GMA News, Interaksyon, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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