MANILA -- ?The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has created a database that will gather information on road crashes as part of efforts to prevent fatal accidents and ensure road safety in the country.??
The Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER) system is a website developed by the DOTr in partnership with World Bank that is designed to view, collect and analyze road incident data in the Philippines particularly traffic incidents, disruptions, and crimes.??
DRIVER has data visualization functions such as graph and map interfaces; custom report and filter tools; multiple concurrent user editing and data exports that would help local government units (LGUs) conduct effective enforcement activities and allocate resources to areas with high road crash fatality incidents.
??The database is important in ensuring a comprehensive perspective on road safety in the country, DOTr Asec. Mark Richmund De Leon said in his address during the launching of Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2018-001 on the classification of roads for speed limit setting Wednesday at Quezon City in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways, and Department of Interior and Local Government.??
JMC 2018-001 will provide guidelines and create coordination mechanisms for setting of speed limits on national roads.
??The DOTr official said the department would be coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and LGUs in gathering vital data on road accidents in the DRIVER system.??
The data can be accessed by the public and anyone interested through the DRIVER system. ????
The DOTr will likewise provide training sessions to LGUs as JMC 2018-001 will enable them to classify local roads for speed limit and implement their respective speed limit ordinances.??
Under the said memorandum, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) would develop a training module on speed limit enforcement which would be disseminated through its regional offices.
??We are addressing the speed on local roads. Some motorists drive faster than 30 to 40 kilometers per hour (kph). Every percentile increase on speed makes the chance of a fatal crash higher. Thus, LGUs must know the conditions of roads in their areas, De Leon said.
The memo circular seeks to strengthen the implementation of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code by allowing coordination of national and local governments in enforcing speed limits.??
Under the Land Transportation Code, the maximum allowable speed on national roads for passenger cars and motorcycles are set at 80 kph. Trucks can only be driven at a maximum of 50 kph.??
For local roads, passenger cars and motorcycles can drive at 40 kph along provincial roads, 30 kph along municipal or city roads, and 20 kph along barangay roads and crowded streets.??
Trucks can drive at 30 kph along provincial, municipal, and city roads while keeping a safe speed of 20 kph along barangay roads and crowded street.??
The JMC will mandate LGUs to install speed limits on the roads in their areas of jurisdiction.??
Increased funding for speed guns??
DOTr is eyeing to utilize the fund of the Road Board to purchase speed guns for LGUs to ensure the efficient enforcement of speed limits.??
Through the use of speed guns, law enforcement officers will be able to record the speed detected by speed gun on the citation ticket and speed camera.
Violators will receive a photograph of the vehicle, showing the plate number and the speed detected by speed camera.??
The government needs to purchase around 200 speed guns for Metro Manila alone.??
There are about a thousand intersections in Metro Manila at least 20 percent around 200 speed guns are needed, DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the launching of the JMC.??
We need to have the equipment in order to implement the JMC. The funding will come from the Road Board and car fees. Part of it should be devoted to anti-speed programs like the purchasing of speed guns, he added.??
Orbos said he had coordinated with LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante to request for the funding and LTO will distribute the equipment to the LGUs.??
There are around PHP10 billion worth of funds in the Road Board which can be utilized to buy speed guns.??
Established under Republic Act 8784, the Road Board is mandated to ensure the efficient utilization of the Road Users' Tax�a special fund solely for road maintenance and road drainage improvement, installation of efficient traffic lights and road safety devices, and air pollution control.??
Data from the MMDA show that the most accident prone areas in Metro Manila are EDSA, C-5 and Commonwealth.??
Quezon City recorded the highest number of road crash incidents in 2017 at 35,494 due to the elevated social and economic activity, big land area among other cities in Metro Manila, and presence of major road networks; followed by Makati at 11,425 and Manila at 11,315 respectively.??
The municipality of Pateros has the lowest number of reported crash incidents with four because of small land area, less arterial roads, not a central business district, volume of road user is few, and manageable traffic direction and control. ??
The number of fatalities last year had declined to 434 compared to 446 which were recorded during the previous period.??
Cars are the most susceptible to road accidents involving 110,653 vehicles followed by motorcycle, which are 24,058.??
These accidents were mostly caused by hitting pedestrians, self-accident, sideswiping, rear-end and hit and run. (With reports from Micosha Anne De Guzman, OJT/PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency