Road Accidents

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When you’re on the road, anything can happen to you or your fellow drivers or pedestrian if not observing road safety. Road accidents often happened because of reckless driving when a person is not observing the “rules of the road.” Oftentimes, accidents happen because the driver is under the influence of liquor or even prohibited drugs.

Just recently (May 16th, 2010), around 8:30 pm, Travel Man witnessed a road accident involving a drunk motorcycle driver and a pedestrian. While attending a barrio fiesta at the place of his friend. He, along with his friend, gave first aid to the pedestrian, by checking the pulse and extremities, from head to toe (He‘s a first aider who trained from the Philippine National Red Cross as required for many Filipino seafarers). He suffered a head concussion with an open wound but easily gained consciousness. The driver whose beside the broken right side mirror of the motorcycle was found out by TM to be drunk and puked unconsciously. The road was not well-lighted. The immediate response came from the former chief of police nearby by using his owner-type jeepney. The pedestrian (who happened to be his nephew) survived while the drunk motorcycle driver died in the hospital.

You see, most of the roads in many municipalities in the Philippines are often unfinished. You can blame it to the unscrupulous transaction in the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), its personnel down to the road contractors. These “unfinished roads” are often the cause of many accidents, even if the driver is sane or not under the influence of liquor.

Scariest roads in the Philippines

Even Travel Man’s country is considered to be a tourist haven in the Asia-Pacific, it is a frequent advisory to all travelers to be cautious of the road situations, especially in the countryside.

Overcrowding of vehicles, be it private or public utility vehicle (PUV); not observing road signs (unless guarded by policemen) and driving under the influence of liquor are the main problems that cause road accidents. These areas, aside from the fact that cementing of roads are often unfinished, are not well-lighted or no lights at the electric posts at all.

Roads in the Philippines are featured as part of the world’s scariest. Why is this so? Travel Man is sure of the prevailing anomalies in the DPWH and in the government itself. Because of too much corruption in the government, good governance is vividly compromised. The potential of tourism industry is often overlooked due to these “road problems”. But of course, foreign tourists or even the locals will be more cautious when passing these “scary roads”.

Travel Man experienced various road accidents, like being sideswiped by a tricycle and even a near collision between a tricycle and a jeepney. TM’s cousin (only a 22-year old boy) died because of motorcycle accident. Even his sister suffered leg injuries (bruises and minor fracture) due to motorcycle accident. She said that she’s a very cautious driver, only that the road is not cemented and very rough and curvy or jagged. When riding a bus, TM always see to it that he travel during daytime because road accidents often happen during nighttime.

Road Safety and Michelle Yeoh

According to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) data on road accidents, there are about 66, 000 road mishaps in Metro Manila alone involving 500 casualties or death.

The last week of May this year, saw international actress Michelle Yeoh visiting the Philippines to campaign for a safer road and lesser accidents. Being a celebrity ambassador, Miss Yeoh is campaigning to all drivers in the world to be careful and respect the pedestrians at all times. Self-discipline is a must that should be observed at all times.

Rules of the Road

There are countries having right-hand drive vehicles, like Japan. When their cars are exported o the Philippines, all of it are converted from the factories.

The following are the so-called "Rules of the Road" that a responsible car owner and driver should remember and practice diligently, whether there are coding or not.

GENERAL RULES:


No person driving a vehicle shall :


1.Reverse in an unsafe manner or allow a vehicle to run backwards for an
excessive distance or time causing danger or inconvenience to any
occupant of that vehicle or to other traffic.
2. Follow another vehicle closer than is reasonably safe considering
speed, weather and road conditions or closer than is prescribed in
these regulations;
3. Allow any person, animal or object to occupy any position prevent him
or her to be in complete control of the vehicle or hampering the
ability to signal his or her intention of stopping, slowing down or
changing direction.
4. Allow any one to interfere with the steering or other controls.
5. Occupy such position that he or she does not have complete control
over the vehicle or have a restricted view of the road and the traffic
ahead.
6. Allow the vehicle to remain unattended without setting its parking
brake or using another method to prevent the vehicle from moving.
7.Pull away from a parking bay, side of the road or any stationary
position in a manner which could interfere with or endanger traffic
approaching from any direction
8. Fail to give immediate right of way to a vehicle sounding a siren.
9. Allow any portion of his or her body to protrude outside the vehicle
while it is in motion except for the purpose of giving hand signals or
allow passengers to protrude beyond the vehicle.
10. Permit any person or animal to be on the roof, any step or running
board while the vehicle is in motion.
11. Allow the engine to emit excessive smoke or fumes.
12. Allow the engine to run while the vehicle is stationary and
unattended;
13. Allow petrol, oil or grease or other flammable or offensive matter,
ashes or refuseto spill out of the vehicle.
14. Leave the engine running while filling it with petrol or other fuel.
15. Allow any one to enter or exit the vehicle while it is moving and when
it is stationary, allow people to leave the vehicle in a dangerous
manner.
16. Drive, pull or push a vehicle on a sidewalk.

RESPECT FOR PEDESTRIANS is a must to all drivers. GADGETS or ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS should not be used while driving to avoid accident. DO NOT use hooters or horns that can cause too much public noise.

THESE GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL KINDS OF DRIVERS, from two-wheel motorcycles, four-wheel cars, 8-wheeler trucking service and more.

 

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Road Talks

 Topics concerning "Road Safety" should be implemented and brought to many orientations o seminars to both professional and non-professional drivers. More and more accidents on the roads happened everyday, although, the transportation department  of every country in the world didn't neglect reminding drivers and vehicle owners to precautious at all times.

Let's take a breather on the following sites that could offer us more information regarding Road safety.

1. All about road safety - "Don't drink and drive", "Don't use cellular phones when driving" ...these and more advisories presented by the Ministry of Transportation of Canada, espcially in Ontario are indications that they're really implementing rules and regulations to achieve their ultimate goal: ZERO ROAD ACCIDENTS.

2. Avoid experiencing these scenario...crash, boom, braggghhh!!!!! In the USA, every state's transportation department are vigilant to avoid road accidents. The help of CCTV or cable camera television monitors on the road will surely caught traffic violators that are often the cause of road mishaps.

Be a responsible driver at all times. It's not having the driver's license to boast of; it's all about taking care of other people's lives when you're on the road. DRIVE SAFELY, please.

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

All over the world, drivers should be vigilant, and governments should be strivent to do EVERYTHING to make roads as safe as possible. Unfortunately, I think crashes will be an occurrence irregardless so long as there is a human element.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Youé right, Springboard. Human element is to blame when road accidents occur. So, safety signs/ reminders are posted, broadcasted to avoid those mishaps if drivers are eager to obey by practicing it while in action.

Negligence is always synonymous to failures and accidents. So, cautions to all drivers: ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHEN DRIVING.


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TravelinAsia 5 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

Driving a motorbike in Thailand has to be one of the most dangerous things anyone can do in life! I would not recommend this to tourists.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@TravelinAsia: That's the most sensible advise. With or without helmets, tourists or not; motorbike is still the most dangerous vehicle on the road. Accidents happen with just a snap of your hands. God forbid!


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ExcellentTutor 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Driving two wheelers these days (esp. fast driving) is asking for invitation to hit/hurt you.

other people just don't care!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ExcellentTutor: Thanks for the hub-visit.

Yes, I agree. Riding motorcycle can be a major cause of road accident or even death.

Some of my cousins (twenty something of age) perished suddenly because of fast driving.


. lhadie say-say 06 muh 4 years ago

.. yeah i agree . riding motorcycle can be a major cause of road accident or even death..


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@lhadie say-say 06 muh: Thanks for posting. Accidents on the road never falter. Traffic management group keeps on reminding motorbikers to slow down and always wear helmets.

The latest development here in the Philippines is the addition of motorcycle lane at the extreme right of the road with all the markings and indicators that two-wheel drivers are the priority of that part of the road.

So far, so good, few accidents are recorded or had happened, therefore minimizing unprecedented cases of road mishaps.


Lakshita Singhania 4 years ago

this is information is of no use.............


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Lakshita Singhania: Why would you say that? Did you understand the content of this article?

What if a road accident happens to you?


elchanan 2 years ago

Cancel road accidents

Cancel road accidents not hard to do because a similar system currently works in the agricultural sector.

Agricultural system is more complex than necessary to the traffic system.

So you can run the traffic system immediately.

I'm talking about using Precision Farming for Precision Traffic.

Mathematical examination of the passage shows that the Precision traffic less complex than Precision Agriculture from the known rule that in the surface there are infinite lines.

The Precision traffic system educates and instills a driving culture.

Precision traffic system reduces the time length of learning in dimensions of months.

Form of education in the proposed system is similar to addition of hundreds of thousands of traffic policemen.

The system works on the basis of personal mentoring.

Any errant driver will be assigned a "policeman mentor".

The policeman will be a virtual policeman but will be fully present.

"Big Brother Effect" will be treated thoroughly and virtual cop appears only when the driver goes through.

The privacy of citizens will be preserved carefully. Drivers driving according the law will not be recorded and will not be documented.

I have the unpleasant feeling that we can save thousands of people a year and do not rescuers.

That Related to thousands injured people and considerable financial losses.

Today it is possible to run a small order of tens of vehicles to demonstrate feasibility.

All the tools are exist but are not used.

The system will help to the police identify speeders and it will help law to enforcement and reducing vulnerability to life and property.

This understanding is the educational way that cause to drivers to not breaking the law and operate under the law and the roads conditions.

Precision Traffic based on Precision Farming provides a solution that includes all areas of driving and most important is education drivers.

Precision Traffic Can be used as a Driving Teacher, a Driving guide, as accompanied a driving, as a driving mentor, and policeman and judge . The report would be sent directly to the driver at the address listed at the DMV.

Unfortunately to keep a distance not sufficient a warning, the driver must slow down and increase the distance from the vehicle in front. Maintaining the appropriate distance depends on the will of the driver in another language and education.

No deterrent without punishment!

I'll go to any place and to any forum to explain the proposed system and answer questions as needing.

Precision Traffic

New approach to traffic management and control of operational use will help the police to enforce traffic offenders and finding all kinds of traffic offenses, here are the details:

Infractions Car - himself:

1 – Not wearing a safety belt.

2 – Low pressure tires.

3 – Not lighting lights.

4 – And more.

Offenses car relation to road:

1 – Speeding.

2 – Failure to comply with a stop sign.

3 – Drive on the white line.

4 – Unauthorized traffic lane.

5 – Failure to comply with traffic lights.

6 – Driving on the traffic island.

7 – Driving on sidewalks.

8 – Stopping the car while interfering traffic flow.

9 – Integration not allowed.

10– Turning not follow the rules the laws.

11– And more.

Car relations offenses - Vehicles: (One to another).

1 – Not maintaining proper distance between vehicles.

2 – Dangerous bypass.

3 – Not to give right of way to integration.

4 – Overtaking on the right.

5 – Sudden stop in a busy road without probable cause.

6 – Hazardous integration to busy road.

7 – And more.

Car relations offenses - car to car and road:

1 – Bypass on crosswalk.

2 – Not being slow sign and give the right of way.

3 – Transition from lane to lane in a busy multi-track road

4 – And more.

Options:

1 – Directing traffic from busy roads to others.

2 – Warning drivers about traffic jams.

3 – Changing of traffic lights according to traffic volume.

4 – Learning behaviors and published global conclusions about

recurring phenomena.

5 – Characterizing typical behaviors and adapting the

infrastructure accordingly.

6 – Study load transportation and disposal conclusions

accordingly.

My thanks in advance for any help in promoting the subject.

E mail: elchanan@agrosif.com

Mobile: 972-50-6241523

Regards,

Elchanan Shochat


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@elchanan: Thank you, Elchanan Shochat, for this very lengthy but informative contribution.

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