Baguio City, Philippines – Baguio City Police Office reported that there have been 731 vehicular accidents recorded from January to September this year, with human errors and mechanical defects of vehicles as the major causes.
This is much higher than last year. In 2021, there were not as many road accidents largely due to the implementation of lockdowns limiting mobility and traffic.
Lt. Col. Domingo Gambican, Chief operations of BCPO, through Baguio City Public Information Office, explained the number of accidents increased in the city with the new normal because drivers have difficulties adjusting to the congested road conditions, leading to vehicular accidents.
Gampican said about 81 road accidents occurred along the city’s roads and streets per month.
Of the accidents recorded, 538 involved four-wheel vehicles, and 203 involved motorcycles. 232 happened in the first quarter, 273 during the second quarter, and 226 during the third quarter.
With the increase in cases, the BCPO chief reminded drivers and motorists to check brakes, lights, oil, water, battery, air, and fuel before travelling to ensure safety.
Mayor Magalong, meantime, instructed the BCPO to strengthen its information and education campaign on road safety and to strategically place police officers along areas known to be accident-prone, utilizing the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS).
“I am ordering the BCPO through City Director Francis Bulwayan to ensure that the number of vehicular accidents will not surpass 300 for the third and fourth quarter. Do something about it,” said the mayor.
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