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Motorcycle–related accidents dominate road mishaps in 2008

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (18 February) -- A Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD) of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 report revealed that motorcycles dominated traffic accidents in 2008 in the region.

The report noted that 121 of 285 recorded traffic accidents from January to December 2008 involved motorcycles. The figure is 27 cases higher than the previous year.

"Iloilo Province tops the list of motor traffic accidents with 35, Aklan and Capiz with 29 each, Negros Occidental - 25, Antique - 14, Bacolod City - 5 and Iloilo City – 3," said a PRO 6 portal news.

The report also disclosed 124 fatalities and 403 injuries resulted from various traffic accidents regionwide, the webnews added, noting that other traffic accidents involved 17 passenger buses, 8 container vans, 55 private cars, 44 trucks, 23 passenger jeepneys, and 15 other modes of transportation.

PRO 6 Director Police Chief Superintendent Isagani Cuevas has been relentlessly pursuing the campaign to make the highways safe to motorists by implementing the "No Plate, No Travel" policy and "No Helmet" policy.

The region's top cop is also urging motorists to wear helmet at all times to avoid fatalities in cases of accidents.

A "No Helmet, No Travel" policy has been put in place by the government for the safety of motorcycle drivers and the riders.

The public is also encouraged to report to authorities the presence of motorcycles and other vehicles without license plates, for these vehicles may be used by criminal elements.

"The policy does not exempt government vehicles," Cuevas stressed. (PRO 6/PIA) [top]

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