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Road safety advocates in the Philippines and around the world want government, stakeholders and advocates to abandon the use of the word “accident” in referring to road crashes.

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According to the WHO, just one kilometer per hour increase in one’s speed increases the risk of injury by at least 3% and the risk of a fatality by 4-5%. Further, studies have shown that speed is the primary cause in 30% of fatal road crashes and an aggravating factor in about 50% of fatal road crashes.

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Under the new guidelines, LGUs will be permitted to lower speed limits on roads within its jurisdiction via approval from the DOTr and DPWH. They are also being encouraged to enact speed limit ordinances. “JMC 2018-001 is not a new law. It is a mechanism that fortifies the implementation of Section 35 of RA 4136,” the DOTr says.

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ImagineLaw’s Atty. Sophia San Luis cited WHO’s recommendation of an intervention in order to eradicate, if not, minimize road crashes, ‘we’re trying to introduce an effective intervention to prevent the continuing rise of the trend of road crashes’ and evidently enough with this new JMC, DOTr along with its partners are determined to solve road crash incidents.

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