Politicians proposed yesterday for a transportation summit to address road safety looking at offering a training program for drivers, more stringent measures for licenses and imposing heavier fines.
“The big bulk of statistics on road accidents were attributed to human error, let’s address this very serious problem through the help of concerned government agencies that can provide proper training on driving, factors contributing to human error in road accidents include reckless driving, bad overtaking and bad turns.” one politician said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said about 7,000 Filipinos die each year and thousands more are injured due to road mishaps. Of this number, 79 percent are due to driver’s errors, 11 percent due to defective vehicles, and 10 percent due to bad road conditions and ill-maintained roads. Based on the latest data from the DoTC, the death toll from road mishaps rises by almost 14.6 percent each year. It is projected by 2020, without any intervention, around 300,000 people will die due to road crashes, the DoTC said.
You can’t train intelligence, respect and humility. The corruption in the LTO will still allow inexperienced drivers to get licenses. Increasing fines will give the corrupt police more leverage to demand bigger bribes.
Every day on the road I see so many people and their vehicles that break every safety, environmental, and traffic rule ever written.
So who is in charge of this mess? the DoTC, who is one of the worst-performing departments ranked 63rd out of 64 with a rating of 4/5 people being not satisfied. Just look at the train users, originally there were 60 trains. Last year, the number dropped to 20, then 14, and nine, and now, seven. Apparently, the target was to have zero operational trains they just didn’t tell anyone. With one of the biggest budgets you would have to question why they are now calling for a summit on road safety.Published in