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More crimes feared | Public warned vs drunk driving, petty crimes

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has warned the public against the expected rise in petty crimes and drunk driving during the Yuletide season.

Maj Catherine dela Rey, DCPO spokesperson, said Monday that the police office has intensified its information campaign on drunk driving.

“Isa na sa atong mga reminders na, siyempre, daghan na man gyud kaayo ang mga okasyon, parties— kasagaran sa mga parties naa gyud ng makahubog. So nag-remind mi na kung makainom lang galing mo, ayaw na mo pag-drive,” said dela Rey, urging those who want to drink during parties not to drive.

Based on the data from the police office, there were 143 drivers who were recorded as suspected drunk last year. So far, since january, there were also 118 suspected drunk drivers recorded.

Dela Rey qualified the use of the word suspected as the police stations and the traffic enforcement units did not have an alcohol breath analyzer, a facility used to analyze the level of alcohol in the person’s body, when they arrested the drivers.

However, she said, there has yet been no reported petty crimes related to the Yuletide season even as in the past, the trend was that more were committed during the season.

She said the people in the city have been vigilant due to the intensified culture of security campaign.

“Naay mga ginagmay na petty crimes apan dili pud ingana ka taas na mabalaka ta kay aware na man oud gud ang mga katawhan na inganing mga panahon vigilant na pud sila, naga-amping sila sa ilahang gamit,” she said. 

The DCPO spokesperson added that the liquor ban and curfew on minors will remain enforced all throughout the season.

“Dili maputol ang atong curfew on minors ug liquor ban, naa gihapoy limit. Kung gusto mo mag-inom, sa sulod lang sa balay (Our curfew on minors and the liquor ban will not stop, there are still limits. If you want to drink, do it inside your homes),” she said.  

Police officers and security personnel will continue patrolling public places and establishments even during Christmas and New Year’s to ensure the liquor ban and curfew are followed.


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