CCTO says number of vehicular accidents for the first half of 2021 is ‘alarming’

By: Mae Fhel Gom-os - CDN Digital | July 07,2021 - 03:34 PM


Motorcycle vs SUV collision in TCH

This is a photo of a vehicular accident along the TransCentral Highway in Barangay Busay, Cebu City last March 14, 2021.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has found the number of vehicular accidents in the first half the year a ‘bit alarming.’

This after the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) said there was a total of 1,453 recorded accidents in the city from January to June.

The TEU said there is an average of 240 accidents per month, with the month of May logging the highest number at 278. TEU also reported that at least four individuals died on the spot out of these accidents in the first six months.

Paul Gotiong, spokesperson of the CCTO, considers these facts alarming.

“Right now, we can consider it a bit alarming because atoang mga accidents, based on what we observed, puro naman gud siya mga high speed. When you say high speed, critical na siya. Mao ni siya ang naay loss of lives [and] dako og damage,” said Gotiong.

Police Staff Sergeant Ronilo Dignas, a speed cop of the TEU,  said majority of the vehicles involved in the accidents are motorcycles and taxi cabs. He added that most accidents were due to reckless driving and disregarding the traffic lights.

“Ang kasagaran gyud nga causes sa accidents kay ang reckless driving ug beating the red light. Unya naay pod mo go bisan wala pa’y designated nga traffic light nga mo-green,” said Dignas.

Gotiong could also attest to what Dignas said, stressing that based on the CCTO’s firsthand experience, majority of the accidents were due to reckless driving, which includes disregarding the traffic lights.

Gotiong urged the drivers to practice defensive driving to avoid accidents. Dignas also said motorists should observe the speed limit to lessen the chances of  accidents.


READ: Speed limit set for Cebu City streets

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