Massive drivers' education needed to curb road accidents
by JMD Abangan
Davao City (30 June) -- Educating motorists play a major role in curbing the number of road accidents especially those involving motorcycles, said Davao City Council Pilar Braga, chairperson of the City Council Committee on Energy, Transportation and Communication.
Guesting during the recently held Kapihan sa PIA held at the Lorie's Café, Braga saw the importance of instilling among drivers the need to observe driving discipline as a key to prevent road accidents.
Given the laws and guidelines to spare lives of motorists especially motorcycle drivers, reckless driving is still seen as the main reason of most road accidents, Braga said.
"I think the common denominator really is drivers' discipline. Most of the accidents that we have seen is not so much the lack of safety infrastructure in the roads but more on driver's error. More on discipline of our drivers," Braga said in an interview after the Kapihan.
Braga still saw the relevance of enforcing laws and penalizing erring drivers and called on law enforcers to watch out for reckless drivers, imposing the necessary penalties impartially.
"Teach our drivers a lesson that pag nagkamali sila, huhulihin talaga," she said. "Big or small they should be penalized, they should be disciplined. Otherwise they would get a mockery out of our law on the roads," she added.
On the other hand, Land Transportation Office (LTO) XI chief of operation Leonora Calderon, in the same venue, said LTO could not yet determine the number of road accidents involving motorcycles but she said such case could be number one nationwide, noting the number of reported cases daily.
Calderon agreed on the need to further educate motorcycle drivers but said guidelines and laws on speed limit and wearing of helmets should be strictly enforced as measures to curb accidents and even death of motorcycle drivers. (PIA XI) [top]