ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 24, 2009) – The number of motorcycle accidents in Zamboanga City in Mindanao has been steadily increasing as authorities appealed for safety on the road.
Police said it recorded an average of 100 cases of motorcycle accidents every month and most of these involved young drivers whose ages range were between 18 and 24.
Zamboanga City has more than 36,000 privately owned motorcycles. And a huge number of unregistered bikes are also believed plying the roads despite a strict government campaign against erring drivers.
Police said a 1,298 motorcycle accidents with ten fatalities had been recorded in 2008, but the first two months of this year have already noted more than 200 road accidents.
And most of these accidents had been blamed to reckless drivers and drank driving, it said.
Police appealed to bike riders to be more responsible and observe traffic rules to avoid road accidents. (Sheri Gay Catague and Amilbahar Mawalil)