Road accidents drop in new speed limit

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A DECREASE of number of vehicular accidents has been recorded after Mayor Rodrigo Duterte implemented the 30-kilometers per hour speed limit, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Traffic Management Group reported on Monday.

Executive Order (EO) No. 39, which sets the speed limit at 30 kilometers per hour, was signed by Duterte on October 29.

DCPO-Traffic Group Head Superintendent Rhodelio Poliquit said they have recorded a total of 408 vehicular accidents for the month of November, reduced by 11 percent as compared to October's 461.

Of the 408 incidents, only 83 of them caused physical injuries while the other 325 resulted in damage to properties.

In October, 370 incidents with a recorded damage to properties were reported. 91 incidents caused harm to both drivers and passengers.

There were also no deaths recorded from road-related incidents for October and November.

Poliquit said “there's only one incident where a passenger died while 11 others were injured when the bus they were riding figured in a road accident at Sitio Langub in Barangay Epol in Marilog District last December 12.”

"Kasagaran ani kay tungod sa negligence na lang dili na sa recklessness (Most of these were due to negligence and not recklessness)," he said of the 222 recorded vehicular accidents.

The official urged the critics of EO 39 to follow the latest road policy as this only seeks to curb road-related accidents.

Poliquit added that Dabawenyos should expect the worsening of traffic congestion in time for the holiday season.

"Ang mga tao gikan sa neigboring cities moduaw dyud dire sa atong syudad, so mag-expect gyud ta og traffic congestion (Many people from neighboring cities would come to visit our city so we should expect traffic congestion)," he said.

He also reminded the commuters to follow the designated "loading" and "unloading" areas to prevent the worsening of traffic congestion during the Christmas season.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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