Editorial: Speed limits and road safety

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Friday, April 11, 2014


IT’S been months since Davao City slowed down and so far, we have yet to witness major accidents where lives are lost. While there are still loads of those who refuse to abide by the speed limits, speeds have reduced a lot. Very few now dare go at 80kph because in a city where many are going 30 and some reckless ones are going 40, running at double this “reckless” speed will already make you stand out.

That doesn’t mean the innately stubborn, and those who do not appreciate the road safety ensured by setting speed limits, no longer exist. They are still around us, waiting for the chance to make their own rules.

Next week will be a challenge. The normally quiet roads will be very tempting to break speed limits. The need to reach faraway destinations for the Holy Week break will make drivers unusually impatient to get away from the city. This is also the time when historically, many road accidents claim lives.

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Families will be going out, by the droves. Let us not allow the Holy Week break be a season of anguish in real life.

Despite the temptation to go fast, heed the speed limits. But more than that, make sure you are prepared for the long trips your family are planning.

Make sure that your vehicles are roadworthy. Check on the brakes, the tires, the oil, and everything else that has to be checked.

Load things properly so that they will not flap away or fall on the road, which can invite more accidents.

But most of all, remind the driver not to push himself should he feel sleepy. There is greater sense to take a half-hour nap and delay one’s trip by half an hour than continue on with the trip and risk falling off a ravine in a second.

Holy Week is coming, for many Filipinos, it’s the season to go home to their provinces with the whole family. Let it be a safe and fun trip for everyone.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 12, 2014.

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