HPG intensifies patrol on ‘killer highway’

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) on early dawn Thursday deployed two additional motorcyle teams to patrol the whole stretch of Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City, which is dubbed as “killer highway.”

The move came on the heels of a tragic accident resulting in the death of veteran journalist and UP professor Lourdes “Chit” Simbulan at the said highway last week.

HPG Director, Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the motorcyle teams from the HPG-National Capital Region unit will complement personnel from the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) in patrolling the notorious highway.

“The two motorcyle teams from the NCR were sent to the Commonwealth Ave. to conduct operations against overspeeding PUV drivers,” Espina said in a text message.

The HPG, along with personnel from the DoTC Land Transportation Office and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), will reportedly strictly enforce the 60-kilometer-per-hour speed limit at the said highway.

However, despite this, however, ten commuters were reportedly hurt after two passenger buses figured in a collision at the north-end of Commonwealth Ave., near the Dahlia Area in North Fairview.

Authorities have started their clamp down along the road almost immediately after Simbulan was killed in an accident in front of Techno Hub near the University of the Philippines last May 13.

Investigation revealed that a bus bumped the taxi, which Simbulan was riding in. It was again rammed by another bus from behind. Daniel Espinosa, the driver of the killer bus still remains at large.

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