MANILA, Philippines - Traffic accidents in Metro Manila have decreased by almost 18% during the first 5 months of the year, according to the Road Safety Unit (RSU) of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Data from the Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMRAS) showed a decrease of almost 18% in the number of road accidents for the period January to May, from 20,151 this year as compared to last year’s 24,417. Most of the traffic accidents involved motorcycles, the MMDA said.
Most of the accidents happened in Quezon City, which has the biggest land area in Metro Manila and has three major roads such as Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and Quezon Avenue coursing through the city.
The city of Manila placed second in the most number of accidents while the municipality of Pateros posted the least number of accidents.
MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes urged the motoring public to obey traffic rules and be more safety-conscious in order to avoid road accidents.
Among the safety measures being implemented continuously by the agency are the construction of pedestrian footbridges along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares, improvement of sidewalks, installation of various traffic facilities such as gantries, barriers, and signages, and the strict enforcement of road rules by the MMDA traffic enforcement units.