Thursday, December 27, 2007

Because of the high mortality rates in accidents involving motorcycles, two representations from congress has filed a bill to ban all motorcycles from all main roads, thoroughfares and national highways.

Part of me is rejoicing 'cos a lot of these riders are reckless, discourteous and have no idea on how to drive their bikes properly. Lane splitting, swerving, stopping on pedestrian lanes, driving on sidewalks, lack of or useless placement of side/rearview mirrors, no helmets, the list just goes on and on.

But a bigger part of me thinks that instead of banning them, they should work more on educating these riders, tightening the controls on issuing of licenses, increasing the focus on traffic enforcement for bike riders, and ensuring that all motorcycles sold have the appropriate safety equipment. And, while they're at it, they should also apply these to drivers of all other types of vehicles, whether they be cars, buses or trucks. Now that's the way to cut down on traffic fatalities.

Anyway, read the full article here.