Driv­ing to­wards safer road

Palawan Daily News - - Opinion - Engr. Mark Ja­son Ba­cal­tos, BSPE

Driv­ing ac­ci­dent cases in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to ve­hi­cle col­li­sions, crash­ing ac­ci­dents, in­ad­ver­tent clashes, ve­hi­cle fire break­out cases, ve­hi­cle oper­a­tion mishaps, etc. which have sig­nif­i­cantly led to fa­tal in­juries and death tolls.

These cases are con­sid­ered to be not only a lo­cal prob­lem but also a global life threat. Mil­lions over mil­lions of peo­ple are dy­ing all over the world due to road safety vi­o­la­tions- a sig­nif­i­cant con­cern that is both pre­dictable and pre­ventable as cited also by World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

In the Philip­pines, we have recorded more than ten thou­sands of road safety ac­ci­dents due to poor driv­ing be­hav­iors of our ve­hi­cle driv­ers.

Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA) have also iden­ti­fied that ap­prox­i­mately 70% of these trans­port in­ci­dents are as­so­ci­ated with mo­tor­cy­clere­lated fa­tal­i­ties.

Few months ago, se­ries of road ac­ci­dents were re­ported in the lo­cal­ity of Palawan. This stag­ger­ing out­growth of ac­ci­dent cases with wor­ry­ing fig­ures of lethal in­juries and deaths is be­com­ing more upsetting and de­mands for an im­me­di­ate leg­is­la­tion of proac­tive poli­cies and pro­grams.

De­spite of the in­tro­duced ad­vance tech­nol­ogy to further en­hance the safety fea­tures of all ve­hi­cles, the ram­pant road safety mishaps are still not de­clin­ing and even be­com­ing more nerve-wrack­ing.

The bot­tom line that re­sides here is that most of these cases are due to the un­wanted yield of hu­man er­ror and non-pro­fes­sion­al­ism of most of our driv­ers.

Safe Driv­ing is a re­spon­si­bil­ity not only in­tended for driv­ers and pas­sen­gers but it is a manda­tory dis­ci­pline for ev­ery­one.

Ev­ery­one should have a full com­pre­hen­sion of the safe driv­ing prin­ci­ples in or­der to abate the un­remit­ting pro­gres­sion of these un­so­licited cases.

It is also the best aus­pi­cious time for our lo­cal govern­ment to pro­vide nec­es­sary leg­isla­tive di­rec­tives in pro­mot­ing for the con­tin­ual mit­i­ga­tion of var­i­ous road ac­ci­dents. Lo­cal agen­cies or bu­reaus who are di­rectly in­volve on the en­force­ment of road and traf­fic safety shall also in­te­grate the De­fen­sive Driv­ing Com­pe­tency Pro­gram on their ex­ist­ing poli­cies and be con­sid­ered as one of the rec­om­mended req­ui­sites dur­ing li­cens­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Sev­eral aware­ness cam­paigns shall also be de­vel­oped in or­der to heighten the level of safety con­scious­ness of all in­di­vid­u­als es­pe­cially all driv­ers and pas­sen­gers.

Strict en­force­ment of our ex­ist­ing en­acted poli­cies with re­gards to safe driv­ing should also be sus­tained and be further strength­ened if we re­ally want to aim for zero or al­le­vi­ated ca­su­al­ties on trans­port sec­tor.

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