Feature: Road signs prevent accidents
by JMD Abangan
Tagum City, Davao del Norte (25 June) -- "Road signs save lives," says Police Inspector Jabonero Napoleon of Davao del Norte Highway Patrol even as highway patrol officers are making themselves visible along dangerous portions of national highways.
Jabonero said his men usually station themselves almost everyday along the junction of Carmen-Braulio E. Dujali section where the newly completed two-way lane steel bridge is located and at the Crossing Libogan (Tagum City) which, he said, is an accident-prone area.
His office is seeing to it that highway patrol officers would be able to immediately address traffic violations and to establish police visibility which helps curb crime and prevent road accidents.
Apart from police presence, Jabonero has seen the significance of road signs in visible sizes mounted at the right and conspicuous places to guide motorists especially at night.
To prevent accidents, road signs are critically important along blind curves, along road intersections and along the road just before a pedestrian lane near schools, he said.
Within his command responsibility, Jabonero particularly has seen the need of much bolder road signs along the approach of the steel bridge near Carmen-B.E. Dujali crossing.
" Road signs are really important in that area to slow down motorists because there is a (public) school nearby," he said.
Meanwhile, motorists interviewed while filing for a driver's license agreed that road signs are indeed important components of driving safely.
Sherlita Costelo, 35 years of age, resident of Balagunan, Sto. Tomas said road signs guide motorists as they drive along roads of unfamiliar terrain, otherwise, accident would likely occur.
"Makatabang ang road signs labi na kung dili suweto ang driver sa dalan. (Road signs are of help especially if a motorist is not familiar with the road he/she is taking)," she said.
Romeo Richa, 47 years of age of Mankilam, Tagum City said intersections of city roads should have proper road signs because cases of vehicular collision usually happen along such road portions.
"Usahay ang mga drive pataka lang padagan diha sa interection walay tan-aw tan-aw sa pikas pikas. Daghang mahitabo bangga. (Motorist usually just drive thru road intersections without looking at either sides. Collision usually occur there)," he said.
But road signs would be of no help if drivers would just brush aside their meanings and their purpose 43-year-old Pasencio Tubera of Magnaga, Pantukan said.
"Basta lang sundon ang nakat-unan sa seminar (sa Land Transportation Office) makalikay gyod sa disgrasya sa dalan. (If we only have to follow what we've learned from the seminar, we can surely avoid road accidents.)" he said.
LTO Davao del Norte runs throughout the day an audio-video presentation regarding traffic rules, road signs, basics of handling a motor vehicle, among other information necessary to pass the driver's license examination.
The LTO AVP points out that not minding the road signs would usually result to road accidents but if followed strictly, roads signs can spare lives from road accident, ease traffic and relieves motorists of burden while driving. (PIA XI) [top]