How do you expect the motorists, particularly our motor bike riders, to follow rules for public road safety if the governing authorities do not comply with the implementing rules and regulations as instituted by the government?
Riding the motorbike without the necessary body gear basically the head gear (helmet) is one thing that most Pinoy biker has always been criticized for. Most road accidents involving motorcycles have displayed a large mortality rate due to the fact that the only protection that one can have against multi-wheeled vehicles is being set aside. Coupled with it are crude driving habits showcased by most motorbike handlers.
The government authorities and several NGOs have taken efforts to somehow educate the bikers in keeping the Filipino safe as they go about the roads on their miniscule vehicle since the acquisition of a motorcycle has been easierand mostly popular among the masses. It’s a cheaper alternative in owning a private mode of transport not to mention the low fuel costs that it imposes.
But why do we find Pinoys less geared up when they traverse our roads on their motorbikes?
The photo above maybe one of the reasons why Filipino riders do not even try to follow basic road safety. This image has been circulating among netizens in Facebook and has received countless undesirable comments.
Our law enforcement agents should be the first to follow what our traffic laws instigate. It seems that some of our policemen believe that they are above the law and are exempted to such governing edicts or by-laws yet they are granted the faculty to implement and apprehend violators.
If you want to lead the people to safety, you should show them how to do it. Lead properly and others will follow. It’s as simple as that, but nobody thinks that should be the case. I hope our government agencies will soon get hold of this news and somehow do something about it.