NOT even her being the immediate past mayor of Davao City spared Sarah Duterte-Carpio from being apprehended by provincial traffic police for violating the speed limits established by her father, the sitting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Local dailies in Davao have played up the story of Duterte-Carpio being caught for speeding at 57 kilometers per hour (kph), versus the new speed limit of 40 kph imposed by her father through Executive Order 39 last October.
Using the newly supplied speed guns, traffic enforcers caught Duterte-Carpio at 9:40 a.m. on Monday as she drove her Subaru along Quimpo Boulevard.
Supt. Rhodelio Poliquit, chief of the Traffic Management Council, invoked EO 39 in apprehending her and took her driver’s license, which she surrendered without a fuss. He issued her a ticket.
Poliquit forwarded her license to the Land Transportation Office, which determines the penalty to be imposed.
Like a dutiful citizen she paid her fine and got her license back.
The city speed limits were lowered to protect pedestrians and passengers from reckless and abusive drivers.
Some have complained against what they call a “slow life” in the city but Mayor Duterte is unfazed as this would protect more lives.