THE Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) and the Department of Health are again reminding motorists to always check their vehicles first before travelling and for drivers to be in their best condition to ensure their road safety.
The CRDRRMC emphasized that ensuring road safety begins with checking their vehicles of the basics, embodied in the acronym "Blowbags," which stands for Brakes, Lights, Oil, Water, Battery, Air, Gasoline and Self (which refer to the driver’s condition to drive).
The reminder was given following the series of accidents in the region resulting to deaths and injuries.
DOH-Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan reported in a kapihan forum that from January up to first week of April this year, the DOH recorded 14 vehicular accidents with 118 wounded and three deaths. The causes of the accidents vary from mechanical and human factors.
Just last April 7, the Police Regional Office–Cordillera also reported that a passenger jeep crashed into the road side on its way to the mine camp of the Philex Mining Corporation in Padcal, Tuba, Benguet on killing a passenger and injuring 21 others.
Police investigation showed the jeep came from Baguio City and was descending the Baguio-Philex Road along Barangay Ampucao in Itogon when 47-year-old driver Patrecio Mayeng realized he had lost control of the brakes. To avoid falling off the mountain road, the driver crashed the vehicle along the roadside in Sitio Quarry Santa Fe causing the vehicle to fall on its side.
The CDRRMC reported seven vehicular accidents in the region during the recent Lenten Season.
Four were recorded in Ifugao resulting to eight injured individuals, two in Baguio City with six injured individuals and in Kalinga, seven casualties were recorded from a passenger which lost its brakes.
Pangilinan also reminded motorists to drive safely, no texting while driving, and if you drive, don’t drink. Motorcycle drivers should wear proper helmet.
She also prompted motorists to always follow traffic rules, maintain road discipline and keep their patience while driving.
The CRDRRMC and the DOH are constantly reminding the public with the different tips and warning on driving thru their text blast, public service announcements, social media and thru the tri-media. (Cordillera PIA)