TAGBILARAN CITY, June 14 (PIA)—Although motor vehicle accidents are still high, local authorities are seeing hope as there is already a trending decline in accidents, injuries, and deaths from these accidents thanks to tightened traffic policies in wearing of helmets and road checkpoints.
Alarmed by the rising cases of traffic-related accidents and unnecessary loss of lives caused by these, Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) officials have sought help from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement strategies to curb vehicular accidents.
Traffic accidents, although not really the kind of crimes that indicate a breakdown of law and order, are still listed among the crimes in a locality and could be misinterpreted as a deterrent for investors.
To get to the issue, Bohol police through PSSupt. Angeles Genorga implemented Oplan Sita while strictly deploying cops in the streets and enhancing police visibility since January.
Oplan Sita is the police’s anti-crime drive where they put up checkpoints in strategic areas especially in high traffic volume areas to check the compliance of the mandatory policy on wearing of motorcycle helmets, unregistered motorcycles and vehicles, modified vehicles that pose danger to others and unlicensed drivers, Camp Dagohoy officials explained.
Concurrent with the Oplan Sita is the conduct of simultaneous anti-crime law enforcement operations in all police stations across Bohol, done especially during the times when crimes peak.
Records show that the monthly average of motorcycle accidents in Bohol from January to April is at 179.75 cases a month.
The figures showed by Genorga during the recent PPOC held at the Governor’s Mansion show a decreasing trend in the number of motorcycle accidents.
In January, the total motorcycle accidents reached 179 cases, which went down a bit in February to 170.
By March, the total accidents caused by motorcycles went up to 197 cases while in April, the figure went down again to 173, Genorga added.
While the accidents numbered between 170 to 190 cases a month or an average of five accidents per day, PPOC members were alarmed over the number of cases that the police had to step in and strictly implement Oplan Sita.
By the fiesta month when crime watch authorities expected much worse, motorcycle accidents braked a bit to 142 cases.
After police went strict on wearing of helmets and keeping unlicensed, unregistered motorcycles, not only did traffic accidents decrease but the number of those unharmed in these accidents, injured, and those killed also went down, according to Camp Dagohoy records.
From January to April, the average monthly motorcycle accidents were at 179 cases with an average of 45 of the people involved were unhurt, 125 were total record of injuries and the monthly average of deaths caused by these were 8.
For the period May 1 to 22, Genorga said the average motorcycle accidents went down to 142.
Of these cases, 110 were injured, 27 were unhurt, while five died.
Emergency responders and police crime investigators all agreed that wearing of helmets and keeping lesser motorcycles and more responsible drivers on the streets have paid off. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Source: PIA Feed