Mayor warns drag racers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:48

Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) to continue and intensify its anti-drag racing efforts in the City.

The chief executive is pushing for the full force implementation of measures countering drag racing amidst disturbing reports of the continued occurrence of what she calls a “dangerous trade”.

“I will be writing a letter to formalize my order to have a full-force implementation of our anti-drag racing campaign,” she said in her press briefing Monday at City Hall.

Drag racing is a type of motor racing where automobiles or motorcycles compete head to head to be the first to cross a set finish line.

Climaco stressed that the City will not tolerate drag racing inasmuch as it poses a grave danger to motorists, pedestrians, and properties.

It also disturbs patients recuperating in hospitals, said Climaco.

Complaints from the public generally identify Veterans Avenue near the vicinity of the Zamboanga Doctor’s Hospital and San Jose Gusu as the site for the illegal races.

“I would like to give them a stern warning – we will not allow them to continue on with this very dangerous trade,” she said.

Police forces, in several occasions, have given chase to drag racers in the long stretch of road linking Veterans Avenue to Tetuan, but have refrained from pinning down the culprits to avoid accidents to the drivers themselves and other motorists.

In its last operation Sunday, November 23, the ZCPO impounded a total of seven motorcycles which were involved in drag racing. Police patrols noted as many as 80 individuals composing the crowd of spectators, and the ZCPO is looking into and monitoring the informal groups involved in the illegal racing activity.

While drag racing is considered as a simple traffic violation with only administrative fines levied against perpetrators, PCI Ariel Huesca of the ZC Public Safety Company, said that this can become a criminal offense if drag racers fail to stop at the behest of authorities conducting operations.

This, he said, can be considered as resistance and disobedience to persons in authority, a violation of the revised penal code.

A charge for unjust vexation can also be added to the offenses, specifically in situations where drag racing causes public disturbance. — Jasmine Mohammadsali