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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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His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent recently awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award to ImagineLaw, a non-profit, public interest law organization based in Manila, Philippines, for its work on improving speed limit setting and enforcement in the Philippines. For over 30 years, the Award has been given to groups and individuals Continue Reading

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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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