On highways, particularly on the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX), speed cameras have been installed to monitor the speed of all vehicles. The maximum speed limit on these main roads is 100 kph. Anything above that is considered a violation and drivers will be penalized.
On May 19, Dennis Gonzales shared on social media his agitation about the speed guns used by highway patrols, when for the fourth time in just two weeks they were charged for over speeding on the Calamba Exit.
While Gonzales and his wife were travelling along South Luzon Expressway, his wife decided to record their speedometer which showed their speed was set at 100 kph on cruise control. But upon reaching Calamba Exit tollgate, Gonzales was asked to pull over and was apprehended: his violation? Over speeding at 131 kph. The couple took the incident as an opportunity to contest the charge, as they have hard evidence that can prove they were running at the speed limit. The officer radioed and reconfirmed the speed and plate no. “captured” by the speed gun and was indeed Gonzales’s. Gonzales refuted this by asking the patrol to show the record that says they were running at that speed. He also told them to inform their superiors about the probable errors/inconsistency of their speed guns, but the highway patrol insisted they were only doing their job, and will be reprimanded if they don’t issue the speeding ticket. (FYI: For cases like this, the driver’s license is confiscated and is issued a speed ticket. ) Gonzales for the fourth time, was issued a speeding ticket.
Netizens shared their comments about the incident.
Gonzales and his wife might have lost the argument in that incident, but the video they’ve uploaded and has been viewed more than 240,000 times and shared over 10,000 times as of this writing. It has already gone viral and should serve as a caution for all motorists to be wary of their speed (or the speed guns?) when travelling.
Watch the full video below:
Judging by the incident, do you think the speed guns installed on the highways are being used to extort money from motorists? Type your comments below.