Motorcycle accidents recorded by the Bacolod City Traffic Management Unit, rose by 26 percent or 856, from January to August this year, compared to the same period in 2012.
TM records showed that last year, the recorded motorcycle accidents numbered 3,294 , with 14 persons killed. For the third quarter this year, 4,150 motorcycle accidents were the recorded with 20 persons dead.
Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, TMU south sector head said, the record is alarming because it shows the danger of riding motorcycles especially during the rainy season, since the roads may be slippery.
Villarias said that when riding a motorcycle, the driver and the rider must wear the prescribed helmet as protection and to prevent more serious injuries in case they meet an accident.
He said most of the accidents were caused by shortcomings of the motorcycle drivers themselves. The causes of the accidents and the injuries were over-speeding, some drivers being under the influence of alcoholic liquor, and when the riders were not wearing the prescribed helmets, he added.
Villarias said persons driving motorcycles without observing the necessary precautions may end up injured or dead. He also said “Do not drive at excessive speed."*SGG