Traffic-related crimes dip amid quarantine in Bohol
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 5 (PIA) — Not a series of police anti-traffic operations and simultaneous roadblocks have produced the same results as that which happened after the scare of the corona virus disease (COVID-19) has limited the movement of people out on the streets.
Since last year, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) members have been asking police authorities to deal with the increasing traffic-related incidents.
It could be the police checkpoints and the strict no back-riding policy or the random flagging down of motorists that have discouraged motorists from going out in the streets due to the quarantine, as the police reports drastic decrease in traffic-related incidents in the first half of the year.
In a report from Camp Dagohoy and delivered for the Boholano community by Sr. Police Officer 4 Francis Briones at the Kapihan sa PIA, he pointed out that traffic-related incidents slowed to nearly a crawl in the last three months, as if hitting a series of speed bumps.
Briones, representing Police Sr. Supt. Joselito Clarito and the Police Community Affairs Branch of Camp Dagohoy, came along with Police Sr. Master Sergeant Liezl Diola at the Kapihan to call for stronger community partnerships with the police in crime fighting and health crisis control.
Briones pointed out that from January to March, police noted some 892 total vehicular accidents, a figure which soon slowed down to 325 accidents from April to June.
The decrease of about 567 accidents is a 63.57 percent decrease from the first three months when police presence in the streets was limited.
Of the 892 vehicular accidents in the first three months, 454 came out injured, 413 walked out unharmed, but 25 were killed, according to reports.
By April to June, of the 325 vehicular accidents, 147 received injuries, 167 walked out generally unharmed, while 11 involved in the accident died.
Overall, as to physical injuries caused by traffic-related incidents, police noted a 68 percent drop in incidents.
As to damage to property caused by traffic-related accidents, in the beginning months, from 413 incidents, the figure went down to 167 or a drastic 60 percent decrease.
As to traffic-related homicide, when 25 people were not as lucky in the beginning months of the year, by April to June crime blotters recorded only 11 cases of homicide.
Asked how this happened, Clarito and even Briones agreed the presence of the police in the streets, road blocks, and checkpoints as well as constantly flagging motorists and checking on their proper documents have kept most vehicles off the streets.
In fact, according to Camp Dagohoy, they have apprehended and counseled 892 drivers in violation of the quarantine guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)