‘Funeral parlors will back safe driving’ –CPPO

ROXAS CITY—To address the increasing number of traffic incidents here, the Capiz Provicinail Police Office (CPPO) launched the Heartened Education and Awareness to Reduce Traffic incidents, or HEART.

Per program, local funeral parlors will display in conspicuous places tarpaulins and.or signage reminding drivers to drive safely, CPPO Dir. Julio Gustilo Jr. said.

All chiefs-of-police in Capiz were also mandated to coordinate with the funeral parlors in their areas for voluntary participation. According to Gustilo, almost all of the funeral parlors have agreed.

Per CPPO, the number of traffic-related incidents rose from 1,525 in 2018 to 1,610 in 2019.

For the past two years, fatalities from reckless imprudence resulting in homicide increased from 55 to 60, Gustilo said.

Cases of reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries ballooned from 790 in 2018 to 835 in 2019. Cases of reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property also increased from 680 in 2018 to 715 in 2019.

For minors involved as suspects in total reckless incidents, 2018 listed 89 and 2019 had 107.

Police said there would be checkpoints to apprehend traffic violators and issue citation tickets from the Land Transportation Office.

At this writing, 86 members of CPPO are also undergoing training to enforce traffic laws.