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LAW, ORDER and SAFETY

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Philippines is ranked 123rd in Road Traffic Death Rate per 100,000 population in the WHO 2014 Report with 11.56%. It is estimated that there are currently about 12.5 Million licensed Drivers in the Philippines. If it is true that only licensed drivers drive motor vehicles in the Philippines, only 4 million licensed drivers could have been left alive by 2014 and all of them are dead by 2015. However, there are a lot of unlicensed drivers, especially in the cities and municipalities outside Metro Manila and other urbanized areas, who are driving motor vehicles unaware of the law or just utterly disregarding it.

If you listen to the radio every day, there is a very slight chance that you will not be hearing any news about a road accident, especially involving motorcycles. The World Health Organization stated in its Global Status on Road Safety 2015, the have been 1,513 reported road traffic deaths and a lot more that went unreported. 53% of which are motorcycle riders, 19% are pedestrians, 14% are 4-wheeled vehicle drivers, 11% are 4-wheeled vehicle passengers, 2% are cyclists and 1% others. 79% of road crash fatalities are said to be caused by driver error, 11% are caused by vehicle defects and 9% due to road condition. But since it is also said that driving safely also involves properly checking and inspecting the motor vehicle and being aware of your driving environment, one may argue that safety depends almost all on the driver.

More than 600,000 drivers have been caught violating traffic rules on 2015; about 130,000 of them were apprehended for not wearing safety belts. It is also estimated that 90% of motorcycle riders outside Metro Manila don’t wear helmets. These traffic law violators are indeed potential victims of road fatalities.

This can be attributed to many factors. But an important thing worth discussing about these erring drivers is their outlook towards the law and law enforcement. The intention of the law is “to provide the most complete protection for the rights to life, liberty, and property” and the purpose of law enforcement is to ensure such intention. However, most people, particularly with regards to this topic, the road users see the law as something that provides inconvenience and even regard it as a hindrance to their “liberty”, as they understand it. The thought of paying fines are even taken as a violation of their rights and even cause them to complain about economic deprivation. And so, the sight of law enforcers seem to be awful and causes them either fear or disgust. Without the sight of them, some drivers seem to become carefree and even reckless.

There are very important reasons why there should be law enforcers on public roads. First, their presence is a deterrent to committing traffic law violations; a driver who intends to violate traffic rules for his own convenience or who forgot about the existing traffic laws would be prevented from violating the law or would be reminded to follow it. Second, at the instruction of the law enforcers, drivers could be compelled to follow the law and avoid mishap. Third, erring drivers could be charged of traffic law violations, may be fined and given penalties after adjudication and hopefully, learn the lesson.

Even at times where no law enforcer is available, drivers, commuters and pedestrians should keep the law and understand that it is made for their good. In this way, order on the road is maintained saving the driving and riding public precious time and money and safety is kept so that vehicle users and pedestrians may preserve their rights and liberties as far as the use of the public road is concerned and keep the only lives they have.

 

WHY DO WE HAVE TO ATTEND ROAD SAFETY SEMINARS

The Importance of Theory

Theoretical discussions are very essential because such are foundations of practice yet on the other hand, practice could also redefine theories and even create new ones. Applicants should keep in mind that they need not only the practical skills but also the important knowledge in driving with safety as the primary concern before anything else.

Theories are essential elements in the process of licensing qualified drivers; for we ought to do correctly what we are supposed to do as much as we ought to name these things that could either save us from harm or bring us unto it.

Why do we apply for a driver’s license?

Is it to have valid, nationally recognized identification card? To be able to make a living out of driving? To become one of the privileged person in this country who could legally drive a motor vehicle in public roads?

In Road Safety Seminars, the driver applicants should;

  • Learn safety strategies that can reduce the possibility of a crash
  • Understand the connection between the driver, the motor vehicle and the road environment and how all these encourage safer behavior
  • Learn how bodily factors like age, medications, alcohol, drugs and other issues concerning health might affect ones driving ability
  • Learn how to adjust to circumstances
  • Be able to increase confidence
  • Know how to share the road with other road users
  • Understand that it is also very important to know the features of his vehicles, basic and advanced
  • Know when it is no longer safe to drive
  • Understand that it is important to explore other ways to travel

The applicants should also;

  • Know the pertinent laws, rules and regulation related to land transportation
  • Understand the essence of the law and appreciate the role of law enforcement; not only recognizing its punitive effect but also the preventive and persuasive results of the law enforcement activity
  • Know his or her duties and responsibilities as well as his rights and privileges related to being a licensed driver

 

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