Road safety is a shared responsibility — advocates

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — Advocates are saying road crashes in the country are preventable, and everyone should play an active role in making streets safer for everyone, especially children.

On World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Sunday, a mural at the Metro Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) Children's Road Safety Park was unveiled, featuring 1,670 handprints to commemorate children aged 19 and below who died in 2017 due to road accidents.

"Gawin nating ligtas ang ating mga komunidad para sa bata at para sa lahat. Hindi dapat death sentence ang paglaro ng mga bata sa kalsada, ang kanilang pag-commute, o paglakad sa eskwelahan," Atty. Daphne Marcelo of ImagineLaw said.

[Translation: We should make our communities safe for children and for everyone. Playing on the streets should not be a death sentence for the children, as well as their commute to school.]

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the MMDA vowed to support measures toward road safety to prevent deaths and injuries.

"Ang aming mga proyekto, ang aming adbokasiya ay para po maiwasan ang insidente ng road crash hindi lang para sa mga bata kundi para sa lahat," said DOTr Undersecretary Mark Steven Pastor.

[Translation: Our projects and advocacies are to prevent road crashes not only for children but for everyone.]

Acting MMDA chief Romando Artes, meanwhile, said the agency would be more active in educating motorists and pedestrians on road safety measures.

Artes added that the MMDA will put up additional signage for pedestrians, and designate traffic enforcers who could issue tickets to traffic violators and prevent them from committing the same violations in the future.