Youth tops bike crash cases

YOUNGER riders are prone to accidents.

Ysmael Torres, president of the Baguio Riders Association, confirmed riders 25 years old and below feel the need for speed while riding their motorcycles and have been noted to be involved in mishaps on the road.

Torres said the age group of riders involved in accident reflect the time in youth where speed is being prioritized over safety, as he cautioned all to observe traffic rules and safety precautions on the road.

Torres said modifications on motorcycles is also being up in question when safety is raised as some work for units are not safe.

The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) reported in 2018, there were 46,854 apprehensions for traffic violations in the city with 18,347 for this year alone. Among the violations committed by motorists is reckless imprudence resulting to homicide.

BCPO confirmed 32 of the apprehensions involved minors with the youngest being 16 years old.

The highest recorded incident is reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property which is pegged at 2,487 for the period and reckless imprudence resulting to physical injuries with 412.

Traffic violations are contributory to the revenue of the city with total collected over traffic violations pegged at P12,847,650 last year and now pegged at P5,598,100.

Police Colonel Allan Rey Co, acting city director of the BCPO said “it is incumbent upon us to curb these violations as notwithstanding the revenue being realized, we should pause and ponder on as to the economic impact of the worsening traffic situation.”

Police report accidents are usually caused by liquor or the lack of road training of riders as well as weather conditions.

From January to April, there have been a total of 625 accidents which saw the highest surge in April with 165.

Co said Japan International Cooperation Agency sated in a study in Metro Manila there is a loss of P3.5 billion a day due to traffic congestion.


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