Decade of Action for Road Safety

After two long months of summer vacation million of students from primary to tertiary levels returned to school yesterday. As expected, the opening of classes coupled with heavy downpour caused traffic jams in most cities in National Capital Region (NCR).  Hubby would be late for sure if he didn’t adjust his time. He hates losing great deal of time because of traffic jam so again, while we were having our dinner yesterday, he expressed how much he wanted to buy a motorcycle. I know how flexible motorcycle is in traffic but I really hate the idea.

May be riding a motorcycle has many advantages but for me safety always comes first. Though hubby promised to buy a motorcycle helmet, still it’s not enough to convince me. Hubby said he would be very responsible. He may be will but how about other motorists and riders who turn into monsters once they hit the roads? I know I am so negative but you can’t blame me. Motorcycle accident in the country occurs on almost daily basis. I see it on the news everyday.

I am glad though that the government continue to launch road safety programs. On May 11 last year, President Benigno Aquino III launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety through a presidential decree.  The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 is a United Nations program that was launched in more than 100 countries. The program encouraged the governments around the world to develop national plans for the Decade, as a complement to any current national road safety strategy which may be in place. The global plan aims to halt or reverse the predicted increase in road traffic fatalities around the world through five key areas:

  1. Road Safety Management
  2. Safer Roads and Mobility
  3. Safer Vehicles
  4. Safer Road Users
  5. Post-crash Response

If  the goals are already met, then may be I can allow hubby to buy a motorcycle.