Motorcycle accidents on the rise

Posted at 02/18/10 1:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday expressed alarm over the rising number of road accidents involving motorcycles around the country.

Superintendent Edwin Butacan, spokesman of the PNP's Highway Patrol Group (HPG), said a total of 209 cases of accidents involving motorcycles have been recorded in January this year, a significant increase compared to last year's record of 106 cases.

Butacan said majority of the accidents were record in provinces, where reckless driving is normally not closely monitored.

He said that there is a highway in Malolos town in Bulacan provinces that has earned the name "killer highway" because of an average of one death in a motorcycle accident per day.

With the booming motorcycle sale in the country,  an average of 7,000 motorcycle units a week as recorded by HPG, Butacan said that they are planning to conduct safe driving seminars for all motorcycle drivers. With a report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News