TACLOBAN CITY– Vehicular accidents were the number one cause of accidents in the city last year.

Based on the records from the city police station 2, out of the 948 accidents recorded in 2023, 549 vehicular accidents were recorded.

And as of March 12, 138 vehicular accidents were also recorded.

These vehicular accidents involve collisions, speeding, wrong parking, and sideswiping.
According to Police Major Jose Gallanes Jr., while accidents cannot be predicted, these vehicular accidents often occur due to distracted driving and speeding with the driver’s negligence in yielding to other vehicles.

Additionally, while these accidents may not always result in serious injuries or damages, they frequently involve human recklessness leading to property destructions.

Gallanes also added that despite having numerous reports about vehicular accidents, being able to prepare for sudden accidents and maintain a safe and peaceful road operations is not an easy task as there are only 49 police officers in their station that ought to manage 73 barangays.

Additionally, vehicular accidents in the said area have no peak places, leaving them without a clue as to which place will there be a need for regular duty.

He also emphasized the importance of the public’s cooperation in preventing vehicular accidents.

“Crime prevention is everybody’s responsibility and not the job of the police alone. Unfortunately, some of our people do not cooperate with us,” Gallanes said.

Police Major Gallanes once again reminds the public that it’s very important to always be conscious and careful when driving. (JOYLIN MEDINO, STEFTI STUDENT INTERN)