The LTO has had its hands full with cases of road rage and gun-toting. Just recently, a verdict has been reached after a certain ex-cop brandished a gun at a bicyclist. In an incident that happened long before that one, though, another road rager was caught on cam in an incident in Valenzuela City last month, and the Land Transportation Office again sprung into action issuing a Show Cause Order.
Road Rage seems to be the flavor of (this and the past) month for the LTO
It seems that the most recent case of road rage that the LTO “resolved” has set a precedent. This “new” case that is purported to have actually happened on August 19, 2023, in the City of Valenzuela is making the rounds on the internet and has caught the eyes of both the Land Transportation Office and Valenzuela Mayor Wes Gatchalian as well.
For the part of Chief Vigor Mendoza II, the Land Transportation Office has already issued a Show Cause Order (SCO) on the registered owner of the SUV from where the gun-toting road rager alighted. Images (which may have been captured from a video of the incident) show a man brandishing a gun, though, contrary to the fact that the involved SUV is registered to a female resident of Bulacan. The SCO will be used as a means to identify who was driving the vehicle as well as the man caught in the incident.
A copy of the SCO was already forwarded to the office of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista. In it, the registered owner of the vehicle involved is being asked to appear on Sept. 14 to explain why she should not be penalized for Violation of Section 48 of Republic Act 4136 (Reckless Driving), Violation of Section 27 of RA 4136 (Improper Person to Operate Motor Vehicles), and Violation of Section 54 of RA 4136 (Obstruction of Traffic), according to LTO Chief Mendoza. The registered owner was also asked to submit a notarized affidavit and supporting documents to explain.
Mayor Gatchalian has also gone on social media to ask for the public’s help in providing more information on the incident. Witnesses are being asked by Gatchalian to get in touch with the Valenzuela City Police through the numbers in the photo posted above via the Mayor’s verified Facebook page.
Pending the result of the investigation, the registration of the SUV with license plate NBB 3135 (as posted on the LTO’s verified Facebook page) is preventively suspended for 90 days.
“The quick action of your LTO serves as a warning to all the motorists, especially those with anger management issues, that such acts are unacceptable and will certainly have consequences,” Mendoza said.
If any of our readers might have any information, it may be best to get in touch with either the LTO or the Valenzuela City Police. Behavior such as this has no space on our roads, and as responsible motorists and gun owners, we should all know better. Patience goes a long way, especially in this age of technology where anyone can easily be caught on camera violating laws or committing crimes.
Let this be a warning to us all, then.