Reckless drivers as deadly as dengue
Dengue has already claimed almost 500 lives, with the government declaring a national dengue alert. TV, radio, newspapers, etc. are awash with action plans and reminders about dengue.
On the other hand, road accidents have been claiming about 10,000 lives annually in the country; yet there is an absence of a well-coordinated and working national program on road safety. If there is, it must be being done silently, as it does not seem to be visible.
Many drivers who do not seem to have taken road safety seminars still ply the road. Meantime, people cross just about anywhere. Chicken wire fences to keep people from crossing streets just anywhere are usually absent.
Many middle-road islands have faded painting or are not painted with proper colors. Local government units (LGUs) that maintain well-lighted streets are few.
Which brings us to the question: Which government agency should be leading/coordinating this effort? Will that agency please rise up to the task? Maybe there is a need for an advocacy team?
Tap local artists to help with this; some might even be willing to volunteer.
Also, review the processes, please. Maybe there is a need for a licensure exam to renew one’s driver’s license. Engage LGUs and campaign for working street lights, signages and other road safety requirements.
LGUs also need to have tow trucks to remove barriers on the road. Most importantly, they need to engage pedestrians and motorists in this campaign.
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