Villasis police to strictly impose helmet law

VILLASIS, Pangasinan — The Villasis Police Station (VPS) will strictly implement the ‘no helmet, no travel’ policy in the coming weeks, following the high number of vehicular accidents in the town.

Chief Inspector Fernando Fernandez Jr., officer in charge of the Villasis police, said he has observed that vehicular accidents in the town averages 13 every month, which is why there is a need to take a measure to ensure the safety of the riders.
“Besides, it is a national law that should be obeyed by everyone in the country,” Fernandez said in an interview Tuesday.
Republic Act 10054, or the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2007, is an act mandating all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving.
Fernandez reminded motorcycle riders in the town to use a helmet with an Import Compliance Certificate (ICC) sticker.
“We will give them sufficient time so that they (riders) will have enough money to buy the required helmet with an ICC sticker,” he noted.
Fernandez said the Villasis police will focus on intensifying execution of the law along the national highway of the town, as he advised barangay officials to encourage and monitor the riders in their respective areas.
“In fact, when a rider rides a motorcycle, he should immediately wear a helmet for his own protection,” he said.
Fernandez further said they are currently conducting information dissemination.
He also warned riders about the consequences of violating the law.
“We hope they will understand why we are doing this strict implementation since it is for their own good in the end, so we ask their cooperation,” he added. Hilda Austria/