By Chito Chavez
As the Holiday season nears, traffic enforcers in Quezon City are being compelled to strictly implement road safety measures as road accidents are bound to occur during this festivity.
Aside from strictly enforcing the prohibition on driving under the influence of liquor, Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. wants the city’s traffic security personnel to also be stern in enforcing the law against drivers turning off their vehicle’s headlights at night to minimize road accidents.
Ferrer noted that driving with the headlights not in the appropriate brightness mode have proven to be among the major causes of road mishaps, especially during this Yuletide season where night time is longer.
As part of tradition, Ferrer also noted that the people attend numerous reunions, parties and other occasions in the country’s almost month-long Holiday Season celebration
“Madaming salo-salo pag kapaskuhan. Madalas ang kaininan at inuman. Minsan mahigit sa isang party ang pinupuntahan kaya pakiusap lang po na parati nating buksan ang headlight ng mga sasakyan tuwing bumabyahe tayo para maiwasan ang sakuna (There are lots of occasions during the Christmas Season. Dining and drinking sprees are very common. At times people attend numerous parties that is why I am appealing to the public to turn their headlights on when driving at night to prevent road mishaps),’’ Ferrer said.
He also reiterated his call for drivers ‘’not to take alcoholic drinks when driving or not to drive when drunk’’ saying that an “ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure’’.
In most road accidents in the Holiday Season, law enforcers said that the motorists involved in mishaps were mostly under the influence of liquor exceeded the speed limit or miscalculated their turns.
Ferrer reminded motorists of the existing ordinance no. SP 1852 S 08 which requires them to turn on their headlights to the proper density from 6 pm to 6 am the following day as deterrent to road mishaps.
Aside from reckless driving, lack of road visibility caused by turned off or malfunctioning headlights of motor vehicles were traced to be one of the major causes of road accidents.
As a reminder, Ferrer urged the public to strictly follow traffic rules and regulations while asking pedestrians to use overpasses and underpasses when crossing the streets.
He also called the drivers to exercise their sense of patriotism by being law abiding citizens saying that ordinance no. SP 1852 S 08 prohibits motorists from turning off their lights even for the reason of slow traffic movement.