KALIBO, AKLAN, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The local government of Kalibo urged motorists to follow traffic rules and regulations to save lives and avoid accidents.
In the series of seminars conducted by the LGU-Kalibo through the Sangguniang Bayan to tricycle drivers and operators before renewing their Motorized Tricycle Operators Permit (MTOP), the importance of observing traffic laws was emphasized.
“Almost every morning as we turn on our radio, we could hear news on road accidents in different parts of this town due to ignoring traffic laws, so this seminar is being done to re-orient drivers as well as to remind operators of their obligations for safety driving to prevent accidents and loss of lives,” Kalibo Vice Mayor Madeline Regalado said.
Based on the records of Kalibo Police Station, the total number of road accidents from January to March 16, 2017 in Kalibo was 150; of which 52 had resulted to physical injuries; while 95 to damage to properties; and 3 had led to death.
According to SPO2 James V. Bantigue, Kalibo PNP Traffic Division chief, consequent to the progressing state of Kalibo, is the increase in number of vehicles entering and exiting the municipality, making this town vulnerable to road accidents.
“Fortunately, Kalibo has now traffic lights in three major busy streets. However, everybody should follow the law attached to it to maximize its purpose, which is to have a smooth and systematic traffic flow and zero accident,” added Bantique who also discussed Traffic Codes and Violations and basic Principle of Defensive Driving.
Valtimor Conanan, former chief of Land Transportation Office-Aklan and one of the resource speakers during the seminar, talked on the International Traffic Signs and Symbols and stressed the proper use of pedestrian lanes.
“The moment a person step-on the pedestrian lane, that person has all the rights of the whole lane. Drivers should wait the person to fully cross the street,”Conanan said.
He added that owners should always check the condition of their vehicles to avoid technical problems that might jeopardize the safety of everybody.
Other speakers were Chita Dela Cruz who tackled environmental concerns, personal hygiene and proper attitude of drivers; SB member Dr. Cynthia Dela Cruz for the town’s advocacy on No Smoking policy; and Artemio R. Arrieta, Jr., on the MTOP Renewal Guidelines.
As of March 2017, a total of 2,988 Motorized Tricycle Operators Permit were issued by LGU-Kalibo to owners and drivers of tricycle to legally operate in this town. (JCM/SQP/PIA Aklan)