CCTO: 26 ‘minor’ road mishaps on Christmas Day

THE Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) reminds motorists to be extra cautious when driving during the holidays, after it recorded at least 26 vehicular accidents during Christmas Day.

In a phone interview, CCTO operations chief Francisco Ouano told SunStar Cebu that these were all minor road mishaps that involved public vehicles and some trucks.

There were no reported injuries or casualties. He said the motorists involved were found to have been driving over the speed limit.

“We may be in rush to get to our homes during the holidays, but safety will always be key. If one drives recklessly, you will not only miss your family during the holidays, but you might also involve other drivers in any untoward incidents,” said Ouano.

Meanwhile, Department of Public Services assistant head John Paul Gelasque also reminded everyone to strictly follow the garbage collection schedule.

In a separate interview, Gelasque said they were able to keep up with the trash disposal since the private hauler has been in operation 24/7.

“Although we were able to keep up with our trash collection, we’d like to ask for everyone’s cooperation. Please don’t deposit your garbage outside if it’s not yet 5:30 p.m., or time for collection. This way, we are able to maintain cleanliness and prevent trash from accumulating on the sidewalks,” he said.

Several calls were made by SunStar Cebu to Harold Alcontin, operations head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office but he was not available as of press time.

The observance of traffic rules not only guaranteed the smooth flow of traffic but also the safety of everyone’s lives.

The Cebu City Traffic Office (CCTO) recorded more accidents this year, from January to November, but with fewer casualties.

Records showed that 42 persons were killed in road crashes this year, which is fewer compared to the 48 casualties in 2016. This means, an average of three persons are killed each month in 2017, compared to the average number of four persons each month in 2016.

But the number of accidents in 2017 reached up to 11,153, which is higher from the total number of 10, 918 in 2016. The data showed that at least 33 accidents happened each day on the roads of Cebu City.

Sidney Racaza, control operations of the traffic, said that most of the road crashes involved motorcycles.

Racaza said that most of the accidents were caused by the motorists failure to observe traffic rules. (RTF/JOB/with Michelle Anne Obor and Mary Diane Salasayo USJR-Interns)
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