TAKE all necessary security precautions that will keep you, your family and your houses safe this week and the rest of the year. And most importantly, please don’t forget to check your ‘BLOWBAGETS’ or Brakes, Lights, Oil, Water, Battery, Air, Gas, Engine, Tires and Self or the drivers when going on long road trip.
Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group director, Chief Superintendent Roberto B. Fajardo reiterated the friendly reminders to the public anew as Filipinos leave the confines of their homes and go on a long road trip to visit their departed loved ones in the provinces.
The PNP-HPG said fatal road mishaps mostly blamed on reckless driving, drunk driving and mechanical defects usually take place during ‘Undas’ season when all roads lead to the provinces, beaches and other tourist destinations.
PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has asked the PNP-HPG and all other 17 Police Regional Offices to increase their public security measures and at the same time reiterate their public advisories to ensure road safety.
He said all necessary precautions must be observed in the wake of never-ending traffic accidents.
Calls are also mounting for the strict implementation of the so-called ‘Four Es’ or Elements of Traffic Management in the country in the wake of unabated deadly road accidents.
So far, there is still no effective Land Transportation Office’s enforcement of Republic Act 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act which was passed allowing a deputized law enforcer to apprehend a motorist on suspicion of DUI, indications of which include swerving, overspeeding, lane straddling, weaving, sudden stops, poor coordination or the evident smell of alcohol on a person’s breath.
PNP-HPG records show the Top 10 causes of road accidents are driver’s error, driving under the influence of liquor/drugs, vehicle mechanical defect, over-speeding, using cell phone while driving, road repair, hit-and-run, illegal overtaking, illegal turning and overloading.
The PNP-HPG previously recommended measures to reduce road-related accidents.
Among these are the installation of multiple Roadside Guard Railings (Steel Buffers) at the sharp curve; installation of 24-hour street lights/lamps to illuminate the road specially during foggy weather condition; installation of concave mirrors in sharp curb areas/blind spot corners; installation of additional warning signage’s to include downhill speed limits signs and road markings (rumble strips) particularly in accident-prone areas; removal of protruding tree branches or unnecessary materials/items that cover traffic directional and warning signs; allocation of lay bay area’s/shoulders and speed stopping lane for emergency stopover in selected hazard-free areas of the road; regular inspection of landslide-prone areas and road cuts along the highways; installation of emergency telephone booths; regular inspection and inventory of traffic signs and devices.
The PNP-HPG also helps inspect bus terminals, operators and their drivers to find out the vehicle’s roadworthiness and driver’s efficiency. The HPG also has recommended phasing out dilapidated, converted and non-roadworthy public utility vehicles; permanent cancellation of driver’s license of drivers who blatantly violate traffic rules and regulations including drunk driving and using drugs that endanger the lives of passengers; and monthly physical, medical and neuro-psychiatric check-up of all PUV drivers.
Mamang Pulis readers are advised to follow these following tips when traveling:
• Before the trip, make sure the vehicle is roadworthy, and follow the “BLOWBAG” rule which is B for Battery; L for Light; O for Oil; W for Water; B for Brakes; A for Air; and G for Gas.
• Bring all pertinent documents for the vehicle, including the Insurance Certificate.
• Make sure the doors are locked and the windows closed especially if children are joining the trip.
• Ensure control of the vehicle at all times. Avoid one-handed driving or using a mobile phone; avoid driving while drunk or sleepy.
• When driving at night, always use headlights and signal lights. Don’t drive when you have poor eyesight.
• If you do not live too far from a cemetery, don’t bring your car so as not to add to traffic.