Benguet guv bats for safety seminar

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is contemplating the need to have road safety briefings in a bid to thwart accidents.

Fongwan said the road safety has always been an issue in the province.

"Our roads are not as safe as those in the lowlands," the governor pointed out.

Fongwan said the terrain of highland roads are filled with sharp curves and ravines needing extra precaution from drivers.

"Maybe we need to have road briefings for first time visitors," the governor suggested.

Fongwan said the briefings will be for first timer drivers plying the highways reminding them to use their brakes and shifting to low gear while driving the span of the Halsema highway.

The governor said drivers used to travelling the Halsema know how to handle the winding roads of the highway but poses a challenge for new drivers. “Bago umalis mga sasakyan, may briefing muna dapat on how to drive along the highway,” he said.

The proposed briefings will be done either in the Marcos highway area, gathering drivers for a quick talk to take extra precautions.

Fongwan said even if there are added road signs, most drivers do not heed their warnings, making the highway accident prone.

Road safety has been a hot issue since the ill- fated Florida passenger bus fell into a ravine last week leaving 14 dead and 32 injured.

Among the casualties was celebrity, Arvin Jimenez or better known as “Tado” which brought the tragedy into the limelight.

The bus originally came from Sampaloc Station, Manila and was bound for Bontoc, Mountain Province and fell into a ravine at Sitio Paggang, Barangay Talubin within the area of the Mountain Province.

Road accidents abound in highlands with public utility vehicles as well as private cars figuring in mishaps.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 12, 2014.

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