A few months ago when my friends and I went to Clark Field in Angeles City for the Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and Pampanga Food Trip, Y drove my car since I don't want to drive on NLEX, I'm more of a passenger than a driver. On the return trip, he stepped on the gas too hard and snaked his way on NLEX hitting as fast as 123 kilometers per hour (kph). As we got near NLEX toll gate in Balintawak, we were stopped by uniformed traffic police and informed us of the violation. It seems they only have the doppler radar to detect over-speeding on the southbound lane and apprehends only those going beyond 120 kph even if the speed limit is 100 kph and minimum speed of 80 kph. The policemen were courteous and handed a ticket to Y who informed him to get his license the following Friday at the LTO Office in Quezon City.
When I asked J, Y's girlfriend about the ticket recently, I was informed Y arrived at the Land Transportation Office at 9:30am and finished at 3pm due to lunch and afternoon breaks and too many people queue. There also was a seminar that you can "pay" should you not pass it. He paid a total of P577.63 with P500 fine for reckless driving, P67.63 for computer fee, and P10 for legal research fund.
it's now PhP1277.00 fine for overspeeding on NLEX where you need to claim your drivers license at LTO East Avenue, Quezon City. You also need to attend a two-hour seminar with any of these schedules: 8am-10am, 10am-12nn, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm
There you go, folks! Next time you're on NLEX, just stay within the 80-100 kph limits to avoid a ticket. Same goes for Skyway and probably soon on SCTEx, SLEX and StarToll. But the general rule is to always drive at a manageable speed. Over-speeding kills not only the driver but also other people who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.