Records of road accidents around the country has escalated to 120% last 2018 according to Sunstar. In 2017, 296,448 motorists were apprehended by the Land Transportation Office for violating traffic rules which resulted to more of these accidents. This figure even jumped to as big as 329, 538 in the partial count of the LTO last 2018. And that’s only for motorists, how much more if we add all the rest of vehicles around the country!
If you don’t want to be included on the current data of the LTO, or worse face untoward accidents, better yet find out what caused these incidents. On the data gathered, it was found out that “human error” is identified as the top cause of these road accidents. Human error comes in different forms; to get to know more about these, here’s a quick list of the common violations committed by drivers according to LTO’s 2018 semi-annual report:
- Failure to wear the prescribed seatbelt– 63,215 incidents
This violation includes allowing 6 years old children to sit in front of the passenger seat.
- Penalties:Fine of P1,000 (1st offense), P2,000 (2nd offense), and P5,000 and suspension of driver’s license for one week from the payment of the fine (3rd and succeeding offense)
- Failure to wear the standard protective motorcycle helmet– 48,734 incidents
- Penalties:Fine of P1,5000 (1st offense), P3,000 (2nd offense), P5,000 (3rd offense), and P10,000 (4th and succeeding offense)
- Failure to carry driver’s Official Receipt/Certificate of Registration – 25,087 incidents
- Penalties:Fine of P1,000
- Driving without a driver’s license/ Conductor’s Permit– 23,458 incidents
This would include an expired, revoked, suspended, inappropriate driver’s license, fake driver’s license, and student driving without being accompanied by a duly licensed driver.
- Penalties: Fines of P3,000, disqualification from being granted a driver’s license, and disqualification from driving a motor vehicle for a period of one year from the payment of P3,000 fines
- Unregistered/invalid motor vehicle registration– 16,339 incidents
- Penalties:Fine of P10,000
- Reckless driving (first, second, and third offense)– 13,836 incidents
- Penalties:P2,000 (1st offense); P3,000 and suspension of driver’s license for a period of three months (2nd offense); P10,000 and suspension of driver’s license for a period of three months; and P10,000, revocation of driver’s license, (non-professional driver) disqualification from being granted a driver’s license for a period of 2 years from the date of revocation, and (professional driver) perpetually disqualification from getting any driver’s license.
- Obstruction– 13,629 incidents
- Penalty:Fine of P1,000
- No spare tire– 5,290 incidents
- Penalties:Fine of P5,000
- Axle overloading– 4,881 incidents
- Penalties: 25% of MVUC at the time of infringement on owner/ operator
- Student driver driving without an accompanying licensed driver– 4,293 incidents
- Penalties:Fine of P3,000, disqualification from being granted a driver’s license, and disqualification from driving a motor vehicle for a period of one year from the payment of P3,000
Keep in mind that committing these violations does not only exhaust your pockets but as well as tarnish driving records. Avoid becoming a cause of accidents and headache to other people. Follow the rules. Save lives. Including yours.