Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Baguio City Police Office Director, Col. Francisco Bulwayan, Jr. are looking into measures to curb the increasing trend in vehicular traffic incidents (VTIs) in the city.
The mayor over the weekend sought data analytics on the accidents that transpired to determine the causes of the traffic accidents and serve as a guide on what actions can be taken to break the trend.
Bulwayan said latest data from the BCPO Crime Incident Reporting and Analysis System (Ciras) showed 263 reported VTIs from October to Dec. 26 and human error was mostly the cause of such incidents.
“Based on the BCPO investigation, human error was the primary contributor to 220 incidents, followed by 42 cases attributed to mechanical defects, and one incident each due to road conditions and weather conditions,” Bulwayan said.
The police chief said the Traffic Enforcement Unit proposed measures to address the problem to wit: imposition of speed limits on all streets, strict observance of no-overloading policies especially for vehicles on hilly terrains, installation of clear traffic signage, and the reconstruction of roads that have deficiencies or damages.
He said the measures will “address the causes of accidents and bolster traffic management and safety within the city.”
“We are also urging public cooperation to foster a safer road environment, aiming to reduce VTI occurrences by addressing human error, mechanical defects, and unfavorable road conditions,” he said.
The Ciras report showed that as a result of the VTIs, 215 cases were filed for reckless imprudence resulting in damage to properties, 46 for reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries and two others for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide. – Aileen P. Refuerzo