PDEA calls for drug test on motorists

August 22, 2010 9:52 am 

MANILA, Aug. 21 – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) appealed Saturday to all motorists and other drivers to submit themselves for voluntary drug testing.

PDEA also asked the transport sector to help police their ranks against some drivers allegedly using drugs or alcohol especially when driving.

This effort came amid the rising incidence of road accidents, where the drivers were under the influence of dangerous drugs or alcohol.

PDEA Director General Dionisio R. Santiago made the appeal in light of the recent tragedy involving an Eso Nice bus which fell into a 30-meter ravine In Barangay Banangan, Sablan, Benguet on Aug. 18.

The accident happened at about 9:20 a.m. and claimed 42 lives with 7 seriously injured. Children were also among the casualties in the mishap.

Santiago raised his concern over the alarming increase in drug-related road accidents, both in Metro Manila and among drivers who ply long distance routes.

“We have seen an alarming rise in these incidences where drivers drink hard liquor or use dangerous drugs to stay awake especially if they are driving overnight (graveyard shift) or long distances,” Santiago said.

“We are calling on the leaders of transport groups to help us police their ranks and encourage their members to submit themselves for drug testing as a deterrent to illegal drug use among drivers” he added.

Santiago also noted two persons who were injured when a car hit a tree in Quezon City on Saturday.

Initial investigation showed that the incident happened at around 1 a.m. on Katipunan Avenue in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

One of those injured, Edwin Lobegas, a nurse-attendant of Medical City, was driving his motorcycle when it was sideswiped by a Toyota Altis (XNL-254) being driven by a woman, who remains unidentified. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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