Road Safety

Making roads safer by advocating for speed limits

Speeding is considered the most significant contributor to road crash fatalities, as it increases both the risk of a crash happening and the severity of the resulting injuries. Local speed limit setting and enforcement is one of the most effective ways to manage speed. However, in the Philippines, the level of speed enforcement is low, because most local government units (LGUs) are unaware of their mandate to classify roads to set the appropriate speed limits under Republic Act No. 4136.

The #SlowDownToSaveLives campaign is a policy initiative under the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) that aims to increase the level of speed limit enforcement in the Philippines by encouraging LGUs to classify roads to be able to set speed limits based on actual road conditions.

In January 2018, ImagineLaw, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, issued Joint Memorandum Circular No. (JMC) 2018-001 with a template speed limit ordinance to assist LGUs in enforcing speed limits and implementing effective speed management strategies.

Since then, ImagineLaw has been providing technical assistance and trainings to LGUs to help them enact speed limit ordinances according to their local road conditions. This campaign led to not only the adoption of the national policy but also the enactment of 19 speed limit ordinances and 4 comprehensive road safety codes. ImagineLaw continues to assist LGUs to help save lives and curb the rise of road crash fatalities in the country.

Training enforcers to enforce speed limits

To support implementation of the JMC 2018-001, ImagineLaw, in partnership with GRSP and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific funded by the United Nations Road Safety Fund, launched a new project in 2019 that focused on training enforcers on enforcing speed limits, guided by international practices. Through this project, more than 170 enforcement officers and Land Transportation Office (LTO) officials were trained in best practice speed enforcement and speed enforcement planning. A comprehensive speed enforcement package was shared with the LTO to ensure sustainability.

Receiving the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for speed limit advocacy

In 2020, ImagineLaw received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its sustained focus on improving speed limit setting and enforcement in the Philippines. The award acknowledged ImagineLaw’s work that led to the issuance of JMC 2018-001 and consequently increased the capacity of the national government and local government to make roads safer for all.

Advocating child car seat use to protect child passengers in motor vehicles

Beginning 2016, ImagineLaw, alongside other road safety advocates, pushed for the enactment of Republic Act No. (RA) 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act. ImagineLaw later on became part of the technical working group that drafted the law’s implementing rules and regulations and continues to provide technical and legal assistance to the DOTr, LTO, and Department of Trade and Industry as it prepares for the enforcement of the law.