For motorists that ply the stretch of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, having a stone thrown at your vehicle is perhaps one of the worst scenarios one could encounter. Just imagine how much more dangerous it is for motorcycles.
Besides the repair costs, this could also cause someone to lose control of the vehicle and possibly crash. We've written about what it's like and what a hassle it can be for car owners.
The town of Floridablanca, Pampanga says they had enough.
Just recently, the said town enacted Municipal Ordinance No. 120 or the “Floridablanca Anti-Stoning Ordinance”. This ordinance intends to penalize throwing stones and other prohibited acts inside SCTEX and was filed in response to the increased number of stoning incidents in the area. These were usually carried out by minors, but the damage to vehicles and accidents within the town’s jurisdiction are taken very seriously.
“Our LGU recognizes the adverse effects and gravity of stoning incidents, and these require a more compelling legislation to avert potential accidents and prevent minors from endangering themselves or others,” said Floridablanca mayor, Darwin Manalansan.
Besides throwing stones, the ordinance will also penalize persons who climb over SCTEX’s fences or wander inside expressway.
Sanctions for violators include three-day community service for the first offense; a penalty of PhP1,500 and/or five-day community service for the second offense; and a penalty of PhP2,500 and/or 10-day community service for the third offense.
For minors, the barangay shall require the minor and his/her parents/guardians to undertake community service. These are without prejudice to any claim for damages and to any case that will be filed against the violator/s. That means this is just the Floridablanca's punishment. Any demands for repairs to the affected vehicle are not yet included.
“We appreciate the move of Floridablanca to approve this ordinance aimed at boosting the safety of our motorists and our host communities. This supports our commitment to strictly implement measures to ensure public safety and smooth traffic flow in our road network,” said NLEX Corporation president and GM, Luigi Bautista.