ROAD CRASH. A road crash in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte in this undated photo. There are 1,521 road crashes recorded in the Ilocos Region from January 1 to May 9 this year. (PNA file photo)

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Ilocos Police Regional Office (PRO-1) has recorded 1,521 vehicular traffic incidents or road crash incidents from January 1 to May 9 this year, an official said Tuesday.

In a statement, Col. Christopher Acop, PRO-1 acting deputy regional director for operation, said of the total, Pangasinan province tallied 984 road crashes; La Union with 303; Ilocos Sur, 159; and Ilocos Norte, 75.

“Motorcycles top the list of road crashes followed by four-wheel vehicles, tricycles, and six-wheelers and above. Road accidents among male drivers are higher than among female drivers,” he said.

He said the average number of road crash incidents was 69 from January to April. However, the figure increased to 83 by the first week of May.

“We have established more police posts and deployed police mobile patrols. They will be patrolling our streets and roads (round-the-clock) to deter vehicular incidents since with police visibility, motorists abide by the traffic rules,” Acop said.

Last year, PRO-1 logged 3,257 road crash incidents in the region.

Meanwhile, Land Transportation Office (LTO) district head in San Carlos City, Aileen Peteros, said their office is focused on educating drivers on road safety.

“There will be a series of road safety seminars simultaneously conducted nationwide. Road safety is a shared responsibility,” she said during a virtual forum hosted by the Philippine Information Agency on Tuesday.

She said LTO is also offering free theoretical driving course seminars to those who will be applying for or renewing their driver's licenses.

Peteros advised the public to coordinate with their district offices to avail of the free theoretical driving course seminar in their areas.

She pointed out that the LTO also implements law enforcement for violators and reminded motorists to always ensure they are physically, mentally, and emotionally able to drive to prevent road crashes and road rage. (PNA)