Temporary ban on helmet use starts today Print
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:21

By JEMUEL MOJICA

The city government starting today will temporarily ban the use of helmet for motorists within the 7-km radius of the city as part of its intensified security measures during the month long celebration of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.

The said ban on helmet will be imposed by the city until the 31st of October, this year.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has already directed the City Police Office, Task Force Zamboanga and the City Traffic Enforcement Group to fully implement the ban.

This ban is being strictly enforced every year during the Hermosa Festival.

Mayor Beng appealed to the motorists for their understanding and cooperation since this ban is being implement as an added security step which could deter the entry of suspicious persons especially wanted local terrorist coming from the nearby island provinces.

“This is part of our security plan every year during the Hermosa Festival. We hope that we fully support this ban since our primordial concern is the peace and security to the entire city,” Mayor Beng stressed.

Last week,the  City Council adopted a resolution temporarily disallowing the use of helmet by motorists within the 7-km radius in a bid to help in the security measures of the city government, police and the military for the entire duration of the Hermosa Festival. In addition, the resolution also discouraged the use of hooded jackets and back packs.

District 1 Councilor Josephine Pareja, who chairs the committee on peace and order, said that the temporary ban on helmet use will give the law enforcement units more recognition of the faces of motorist passing through the checkpoints. She said that it would also deter wanted persons and other bad elements from entering the city during the fiesta festivities.

The rationale behind the ban on helmet use is important and necessary for the law enforcement authorities to easily recognize the faces of motorists during security operations this Fiesta Pilar season.

In fact, local residents have already noted the maximum police visibility in public area , business and commercial centers and other strategic areas.  During nighttime, police and military patrols and mobiles checkpoint have been intensified.

Police and military authorities are not discounting the possibility that lawless and terrorist groups may conduct sabotage to dampen the festivity during the Hermosa Festival.—Jemuel E. Mojica