By Mae Singuay
The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) is pressing the need to enhance road safety measures to prevent accidents.
BTAO head Patrick Lacson said a string of road accidents in the city has been observed in the past few weeks.
“I believe implementing the following recommendations will significantly contribute to improving road safety,” Lacson said in his letter to Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez on Monday, December 11.
Lacson recommended establishing appropriate speed limit signage; installing “Slow down” and “Accident-prone area” traffic signs; enhancing lighting infrastructure; and removing debris and obstructions on the roads.
He said debris poses a significant hazard to both drivers and pedestrians.
Establishing a routine schedule for road maintenance, including debris removal, will help keep the streets clear and reduce the likelihood of accidents caused by obstacles on the road, he added.
Lacson said it is crucial to assess and establish appropriate speed limits for city roads.
He added that implementing speed limits in accordance with road conditions, pedestrian density and overall traffic patterns will help reduce the risk of accidents and promote safer driving habits.
“Slow down” or “Caution” signs should be strategically installed in key locations throughout the city, he said.
These signs serve as visual reminders to drivers to be cautious and aware of their surroundings, he added.
The BTAO head said inadequate lighting can contribute to accidents.
He recommended a comprehensive assessment of the current lighting infrastructure around the city, and the installation of additional lighting as needed.
He added that well-lit streets create a safer environment for pedestrians and drivers alike.
Lacson also advised motorists to reduce their speed.
“It is crucial to assess and establish appropriate speed limits for the roads within the city,” Lacson said.
“Implementing speed limits in accordance with road conditions, pedestrian density and overall traffic patterns will help reduce the risk of accidents and promote safer driving habits,” he added./MS, WDJ