Seat belts and crash helmets

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


THIS column was bombarded with comments, ideas and objections on the subject of seat belts and crash helmets, and even the way that traffic authorities are apprehending the violators, during a coffee talk in one of the northern shopping malls recently. Greetings everyone this is April Fools’ Day. Careful, guys.

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A look at the toilets of the different restaurants in the city is a vital matter that the City Health Office needs to give more value. It is not only the concern of the bigger restaurants that toilets must be well sanitized and cleaned but also of the so-called carinderias. City Health is said to be taking for granted the strict enforcement of the proper construction of toilets in carinderias just because the establishment is small. There is no excuse to proper hygiene, said one dentist during the coffee talk.

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If the toilets are not well maintained, then there is more doubt that the kitchen or cooking area is not also clean because the cleanliness of one thing shows the character of the owner, added the computer technician who joined the talk.

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Seat belt is a device that protects the driver or passenger of any moving vehicle while on the road. Crash helmet is a head safety device worn by a motorcycle driver and passenger while on the road.

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This is clear that seat belts protect the person who drives the vehicle or rides on the same. A vehicle that has defective signal lights can do harm to other vehicles when it turns left or right without advance notice. A car or truck without a function stop light or brake light poses high risk to the next running vehicle since the driver would not know when this car or truck will stop. The signal light and brake light serve as early warning device to prevent an accident.

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Seat belts and crash helmets do not prevent an accident. It prevents injury only to the user not to other motorists. This is a big debate during the coffee talk why the Land Transportation Office or local traffic authorities are giving more substance apprehending those not wearing a seat belt or a crash helmet. Not wearing one is the problem of the driver or passenger. It is his own risk, not anyone’s.

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But to have defective or non-functional signal light, brake light, park light, hazard light, no EWD are concerns that affect the other vehicles that the culprit faces on the road. This is where the LTO or traffic authorities should concentrate if they are concerned with safety, the golfer commented strongly.

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Strongly arguing, the insurance agent said that it seems the LTO is apprehending motorists on the easy-to-catch violation of seat belts and crash helmets as a way to raise fines that simple. But the campaign does not really mean a wholehearted public service.

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This column greets its readers and followers and friends: Pedic Matti and Noni Lovina of Cofa, Chino Ang, Atty. Vanessa and Engr. Jumar Encabo, Karen Matti of LBP, Board Member Joeben Alonso and Mayor Jomar Alonso, Mikey Benedicto and Bobby Tinsay of the Thunderbugs, Felipe Garcia of Unifed, Manny Canto of DYAF, Mari Stelle Estrella of Silay and Ver Pacete.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 01, 2014.

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