‘Human error’ still top cause of traffic accidents

Again, human error: police euphemism for careless and aggressive driving makes up 67 percent of all traffic related incidents in Bohol in the last three months or July to September.

During the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting, Bohol police crime trackers logged 309 traffic related incidents, and a total of 243 cases are due to what police would blame as human error, vehicle condition and road condition as the culprit.

In fact, many believe that had it not been for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) dialogs in Panglao, the incidents could go further up.

The ASEAN Dialogs brought an extra 3600 police officers strewn over streets leading to Panglao and in Tagbilaran City, enforcing stricter traffic rules and discouraging unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles from their garages.

According to Camp Dagohoy in its furnished report, from July to September 26, about 208 cases of traffic related incidents happened, all of them resulting from human error.

By human error, police defined them according to categories: 66 over speeding cases, 47 by improper turns, 30 by driving under the influence of intoxicating substances, 28 by untrained drivers, 27 cases of premature overtaking and 24 cases of aggressive driving.

Camp Dagohoy said aside from the blatant human error including hitting pedestrians in pedestrian crossings, losing control of the vehicle, driving in the wrong lane, street racing and entering a no entry street, other causes of traffic accidents are poor vehicle conditions and road conditions.

A careful driver would never commit those mistakes, a city traffic enforcer said, shaking his head in disbelief.

A driver should be aware of his vehicle condition, and should know how to drive with prudence in in different road conditions, he added.

But a close scrutiny on the categories which the local police use to classify these, the figures would be more.

Of the 208, statisticians separated vehicle conditions, road conditions and environmental factors as contributing factors.

Police claimed about 23 cases of traffic related incidents are by vehicle condition, 14 of the cases are by design defect, brake failure and tire blow-outs.

Of the 23 accidents blamed on road conditions, 7 have been blamed to road obstructions, 6 cases to improper or no signage at all, and 5 cases for both slippery road and night driving conditions.

As this happened, motorists who have always complained about the way licenses are easily issued, have placed the gap at lax regulations and giving licenses to drivers who barely know about traffic rules.

Last month, a similar PPOC report showed over speeding and premature overtaking leading the traffic related incidents in the first seven months of the year. (PIA)

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