By Aaron Recuenco
The police’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is eyeing the creation of a new unit that would focus on the investigation of all road accidents across the country, especially the deadly ones.
Chief Superintendent Arnel Escobal, director of the HPG of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said he came up with the idea after observing that there is no legitimate law enforcement unit in the country that is capable of road crash investigation.
“I think in the Philippines, there is no law enforcement unit that is capable of investigating traffic accidents using the scientific approach, forensics and the engineering so we are proposing the creation of this unit in order for us to determine what really causes the accidents,” said Escobal.
“So we do not want to call this as accident but road crashes because we want to impose more liabilities on the drivers or the erring drivers,” he added.
The working of the name of the new unit under HPG, according to the official, is Road Crash Investigation Division.
The HPG is currently mandated to run after highway robberies, car theft and other crimes that occur on highways. Recently, it was tapped to help ease traffic woes in Metro Manila.
While there are traffic investigators stationed in every police station, Escobal said the investigation capability of the police is not being maximized.
In the end, motorists would merely take for granted if they figure in minor accidents instead of learning from them to prevent the repeat of the incident.
Initially, Escobal said they want to hire six engineers that would be trained on traffic management and later investigation.
He said some groups have already signified intention to help.