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Flyover, 88 areas
prone to accidents

The flyover and 88 other places in Bacolod City were declared as “accident-prone” areas by the City Police Traffic Management Unit based on evaluation conducted, TMU head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, said yesterday.

Out of 88 accident prone areas named, 20 are located at Lacson Street where the flyover is also located, a report from the TMU showed.

City Administrator Rogelio Balo said the TMU should explain what considerations were made and the reasons for declaring these areas accident-prone.

Acebuche said that, aside from the number of accidents occurring in a certain place, it can also be declared accident-prone if there are existing structures that cause the frequent vehicular mishaps and if that place lacks signage to warn commuters.

In the case of the flyover, Acebuche said it is an accident prone area because of the way the structure was engineered.

He said the islands at the approach of the flyover are not elevated and have caused accidents.

Since the flyover was inaugurated in August last year, at least 20 accidents have been recorded in the area, Senior Police Officer 1 Dennis Perma, TMU chief investigator, said yesterday.

However, Balo stressed that the TMU should not give comments regarding the flyover unless they give the clear reasons for including it in their list of accident prone areas.

TMU also reported the decrease of traffic accidents by 12.26 percent last year compared to those recorded in 2010.

There were 5,497 vehicular accidents recorded in 2010 with 55 casualties and 4,823 mishaps last year with 54 deaths.

Acebuche attributed the decrease in traffic accidents this year to the intensified information dissemination and strict enforcement of traffic laws like the wearing of crash helmets for motorcycle drivers.

There were 97 drunk drivers involved in traffic accidents in 2011, and 106 others were minors.*APN




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