The motorcycle menace - Weekend

The motorcycle menace

Jerome NeriAtty. Jerome G. Neri
The Scrutineer

ON my way home, I hear a thud from the rear right side of my car and it was a motorcycle that hit me. The guy just sped off as if nothing happened. I could not make out the plate number as it was at night. The damage to my car is just a small scratch, but still would cost more than a couple of thousand pesos to repair. When it comes to reckless and irresponsible motorcyclist, like the one who hit my car, I would not even bother hunting him down so that he can pay for the damage that he did to my car. Reckless motorcyclists sooner or later will figure out in a crash that would damage his motorcycle and most probably physically hurt him too. So, to the motorcyclist who damaged my car, I wish you the worst on your next crash, the more it will hurt and injure you, the better.

PARK AND DRIVE ANYWHERE. Two rows of motorcycles block and use the sidewalk along P. del Rosario St. as a display, parking and washing area. Notice, too, a motorcycle that’s counterflowing on the left lane even if it’s approaching the center island. (WEEKEND FOTO/ FREON L. OLLIVAL)
PARK AND DRIVE ANYWHERE. Two rows of motorcycles block and use the sidewalk along P. del Rosario St. as a display, parking and washing area. Notice, too, a motorcycle that’s counterflowing on the left lane even if it’s approaching the center island. (WEEKEND FOTO/ FREON L. OLLIVAL)

The proliferation and sales of motorcycles to any Tom, Dick and Harry has made the motorcycle akin to a deadly weapon. There are too many people getting hurt and killed by motorcycles these days as a great big majority of the motorcyclist on our roads are reckless riders. The sale of motorcycles should be highly regulated and only qualified riders with the highest skill and diligence be allowed to purchase one. Motorcycles are a menace to public safety.

Moreover, motorcycle racing has become very popular these days all across the whole country. In Cebu, every time there is a motorcycle race, a really huge crowd of spectators is a guarantee. The problem is with the illegal drag races. It happens all over Cebu in every town. Illegal street racing will always be there and cannot be stopped.

Anywhere in the world there is some form of illegal street race going on. But this can be minimized with government support. The best case scenario will be for Government to build a motor sports park of some sort, but that would be wishful thinking. The next best thing would be for Government to support motorcycle clubs and provide a venue somewhere up north and down south where these motorcyclists can go club racing. I really do believe that once these petrol heads start racing in a controlled environment, they get more serious about racing and become more disciplined, and this new found discipline is taken with them to the streets where they have more respect for their machinery.

There are some organized events, but because of their sheer numbers, the illegal racing scene is very much alive and growing. If government can provide a venue on Sundays on roads that can be closed without inconveniencing the public, these motorcyclists would rather go there than street race in the wee hours. It can also be an opportunity for the motorcyclist to learn more about safety and discipline.

I think it will be a win, win, win situation. Because of the huge popularity of motorcycle drag racing, by providing a venue, supportive government officials become heroes. It also gives the petrol head motorcyclist an outlet for his adrenaline fix and it will bring discipline to the motorcyclist, as racing has become serious business, thereby making our streets safer from this motorcycle menace.

FLOOD. There was a one hour downpour on June 18 at around lunch time and as expected, A.S Fortuna St. was still underwater despite the millions worth of culverts put in place by the DPWH and P.B. Obial Construction.

Not surprising also was the flood in the Tipolo, Mandaue area, which is near the Subangdaku River. Cebu will just get worse. I do not see any hope until we have Government Officials who have common sense and competent construction companies to do the Government projects.

DPWH officials and P.B. Obial Construction should be sued for damages by us taxpayers. They have done too much damage to Cebu in the way they have been handling the A.S. Fortuna rehabilitation. I am also certain that businesses around the A.S. Fortuna area have already suffered huge financial losses due to the slow and incompetent work of P.B. Obial Construction. P.B. Obial Construction should compensate the businesses establishments that have had losses because of them.

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