Very noticeable in our roads and highways these days is the increasing number of motorcyles. The availability of cheaper motorcycles and the need to have a private means of transportation had made this possible. This is not really something new. More than ten years ago, I had witnessed this in Bangkok, Thailand. Never had I seen so many motorcycles on the road in my life. The motorcycles would position themselves in front of the cars before a traffic light. As soon as the light goes green, they would zoom forward to beat all others to the lead. On the road, if you are a car driver, you would agree that these motorcycles are prone to accidents. Here in our country, there are no motorcycle lanes. Motorcycles just occupy any lane they prefer. Many times, they drive as if they are also cars! Personally, I had many close brushes with accidents involving a motorcycle. So far, it seems that nothing is being done by government to anticipate the problems that will be posed by the proliferation of motorcycles in our roads and highways. I wonder how many accidents had happened and how many lives had been taken because of accidents involving motorcycles? Showing these statistics will help our leaders create some laws and guidelines and protect our citizens from future accidents.
No, I am not against motorcycles. Just like car drivers, motorcycle drivers must also maintain proper driving habits. Having a motorcycle lane would be one big move. Restricting them on main and busy highways would prevent accidents. How about a purely motorcycle lane? Having a designated lane would also prevent and anticipate crimes involving motorcycles. Once they go out of their lane, motorists would easily be alarmed.
In any case, motorcycles are here to stay. We just have to adapt to their presence. Your move, Mr. Guwapo!