Issue of November 10, 2019
     
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Human error top cause of road mishaps in Benguet
by Ofelia C. Empian

Human error is the number one cause of vehicular accidents in Benguet for the last five years, according to the provincial police office.

With most of those involved are drivers from the localities, Benguet Police Director Col. Elmer Ragay said public awareness must be strengthened to instill on motorists the importance road safety.

“I could only cull from statistics, and it would appear at any given time on a monthly-basis, more than 85 to 90 percent of the accidents in the Cordillera are attributed to Cordilleran drivers so tayo rin ang karamihang may kasalanan,” Ragay said.

Police records show that for the last five years, there were 8,360 vehicular accidents caused by human error followed by mechanical defect with 673, and 350 were caused by poor road condition.

From January to August 2019,  BPPO recorded 632 reckless imprudence resulting in damage to properties, 299 reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries, and 13 resulted in homicide.

Last Oct. 30, driver Dennis Ingosan Begya, 28, with two 17-year-old passengers perished; while Franklin Aroyaw Pay-oen, 32, survived a car accident along the Bokod-Kabayan-Buguias Road at Sitio Bogao, Adaoay, Kabayan.

Kabayan Municipal Police Station Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gilbert Anselmo said the Asian utility vehicle of the victims fell into an 800-meter ravine after the driver apparently fell asleep and lost control of the steering wheel.

Anselmo said they came from Pan-ayaoan, Loo, Buguias early morning of Oct. 27 and were bound for Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya to clean their grandmother’s grave when the accident happened.

The lone survivor was first seen by the police wandering in the area in a state of shock on Oct. 30. Luckily, he was able to remember his name, allowing the police to identify him as among those reported missing by his relatives.

Personnel of Kabayan and Bokod police stations and Bureau of Fire Protection conducted a retrieval operation.

Ragay said road crashes involving tourists are minimal, though he advised them to be defensive drivers.

He said tourists must keep in mind that roads in the highland is different from the roads in the lowlands.


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