EVERY year, vehicular accidents, mostly involving reckless and drug-crazed drivers, claim the lives of thousands of people, including pedestrians, in various parts of the Philippines.
Likewise, official records show that this Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people is teeming with dilapidated motor vehicles, many of them public utility vehicles (PUVs).
The major causes of road mishaps are driver’s error, driving under the influence of liquor/drugs, mechanical defect and overspeeding, according to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group.
Records also showed that the other top causes of road accidents in the country are using mobile phone while driving, road repair, hit-and-run, illegal overtaking, overloading and illegal turning.
The PNP-HPG had earlier recommended measures aimed at reducing road-related accidents, such as the setting up of multiple roadside guard railings and installation of 24-hour street lights.
And it would do well for concerned government authorities to illuminate roads particularly during foggy weather conditions and install concave mirrors in sharp, curved areas/blind-spot corners.
We also doff our hat to PNP chief Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde for calling on the HPG and the 17 Police Regional Offices (PROs) to increase their public security measures.
As part of government efforts to ensure the safety of motorists, passengers and pedestrians, the PNP-HPG, headed by Chief Supt. Roberto B. Fajardo, has also recommended the phasing out of dilapidated motor vehicles.
We also agree with Director Fajardo when he appealed to government authorities to cancel the driver’s license of a motorist who blatantly violates traffic laws, rules and regulations.
And hopefully, the government hits hard at erring motorists, passengers and even pedestrians.