By Anthony Giron
SILANG, Cavite – This upland municipality has declared Aguinaldo Highway in its jurisdiction as a “no helmet, no travel zone” following the reported spike of motorcycle accidents in the area.
The local government and police officials said that they would implement a stricter “no helmet, no travel zone” policy in the area to ensure the safety of motorcycle drivers and back riders traveling the area.
Officials have also put up “Drive Safely” sign posts as a reminder to drivers of other vehicles such as buses, cars, and jeepneys while traveling along the road.
The moves were made following the accidents, mostly involving motorcycles, in Aguinaldo Highway-Silang this year, in 2018 and the previous years.
The latest accident was reported on Aguinaldo Highway-By-Pass Road in Barangay San Miguel II, Silang, at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, July 20, wherein a pedestrian and a motorcycle driver have died.
Police identified the victims as Larry Depositario Fernandez, 42, and Nicolas Casambros Buenaventura Jr., 36, who both died on the spot.
Fernandez was crossing the road when hit by a Yamaha 150 Sniper motorcycle (license plate not known) that was driven by Buenaventura, it was reported.
The impact caused Fernandez and Buenaventura and his motorcycle to hit an Elf truck that was parked unattended nearby.
Aguinaldo Highway-Silang had been the sites of other pedestrian, motorcycle and other vehicle accidents particularly in Lalaan, Biga and other barangays (villages) through the years. The number of fatalities and injuries can be gleaned from reports being released by the Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) and the local police.
Aside from Silang, accidents were also reported on Aguinaldo Highway side of Bacoor, Imus, the capital; and Dasmarinas, the province’s most populous area.
The Silang Police under Chief Inspector Resty Soriano and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and other concerned offices declared the highway as “no helmet, no travel zone” with the approval of the local government.
They had their virtual dry-run early this month.
The action was in consonance to Republic Act No. 10054 that mandates all traveling motorcycle riders to wear the standard protective helmets.
The authorities called on the riders— residents and visitors— to abide by the law, otherwise they would be apprehended and fined.
The authorities also put up the “Drive Safely” signs for driving residents and/or visitors passing by Aguinaldo Highway-Silang.
Silang is a first class upland municipality in the province’s 5th district which has many commercial areas along Aguinaldo Highway and vast agricultural lands.
Most residents in the municipality and “netizens” reacted positively to the actions being taken by the authorities in the bid to prevent accidents along the highway.
It is right and just to step up the accident prevention measures in the area (Aguinaldo Highway-Silang), they said.