A TOTAL of 9,663 road crashes were recorded by the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) nationwide for the first nine months of the year.
PNP-HPG director Brig. Gen.Dionardo Carlos said the accidents resulted in the death of 1,186 persons, injury to 8,376 individuals and 11,616 damaged property.
Carlos said road accidents is due to human error and lack of road discipline such as over-speeding, drunk driving, use of cell phone while driving, bad overtaking, bad turning, mechanical defects and poor maintenance.
“Mostly human factor, meaning wrong decision whether turn left right or overtake cause the accident, the second is mechanical and the condition of the road,” the official said.
He said the PNP-HPG is taking steps to lessen the number of road crashes.
Part of the action that will be implemented is giving education among drivers for responsible driving and continued clearing operations on the roads.
“Tutulong kami sa local government units sa clearing operations para mas maging maluwag, may space ang motorista para sila ay makapagpatakbo ng sasakyan. So, hopefully, if we reduce these mistakes, ang human factor, mas magiging ligtas ang driver at rider,” Carlos said.
A total of 11,179 accidents were recorded in 2018 that led to the death of 1,501 persons, 13,233 injured and 11,858 damage to property.
From January to September this year, the PNP-HPG said 5,552 accidents occurred during daytime and 4,090 took place during nighttime compared to 6,179 daytime and 5,104 nightime in 2018.