PNP stresses liability of parents of children driving without license

LAGAWE, Ifugao, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- Parents or guardians of minor children, who are driving without driver’s license, beware.

 

The Ifugao Provincial Police Office and the different municipal police stations will now file violations against the parents or guardians who allow their minor children to drive a vehicle without a driver’s license.

This as the Police Regional Office Cordillera issued a memorandum urging police units to implement criminal liability of parents over minor children who are driving without driver’s licenses. The PRO-Cor Legal Office had opined that the parent may be criminally liable under Presidential Decree No. 603 or the Child and Youth Welfare Code Article 59, paragraph 12 and Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.  Accordingly, allowing a child without a driver’s license to drive is a form of child abuse since it endangers the safety of the child  and is  prejudicial to the child’s normal development.

The rampant problem of minor or children driving motorized vehicles especially motorcycles has come to the attention of Municipal Council for the Protection of Children of Lagawe last year. The council conducted massive information campaign against this problem to protect children as this is embodied in the Lagawe Land Transportation Ordinance. However, many parents do not cooperate giving the police hard time.

The memorandum from PRO-COR is a  bolster for the police  to implement the transportation and traffic laws without fear or favor because the paramount consideration is  for the best interest of children. Daniel B. Codamon (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

 

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