LIFE is so mystical... truly has a divine meaning that transcends human understanding. It is a form of creation that only GOD knows WHEN, WHERE and HOW it will begin and end. There is no human power that can manipulate any LIFE's journey.
I just want to share with you this story because I consider it as an unforeseen event in my life and it made me realized that some things may happen beyond expectation and may surprise me anytime.
This morning, an incident happened that threatened mine and my son's life. I thought we would crashed head on collision with a certain jeepney that suddenly appeared rushing like racing with another jeepney. The service tricycle we're riding going to school promptly stopped just in time. Thank GOD for the driver's alertness and quick instinct, no one's hurt especially his daughter situated in front of him and PRAISE GOD for nothing happened to Kiko and me.
I almost find myself helpless in this kind of situation but a MERCIFUL HAND was there to protect and keep us from harm. I need to forget about it since we did not even saw its plate number though I want them to be punished and penalized for making us fear for our lives.
Those irresponsible jeepney drivers are careless and reckless. They don't seem to mind others' safety. If they want race... they should go to a race track and never put one's life in DANGER.
Department of Justice issued its Advisory Opinion No. 03 which aims to provide guidelines to the general public, especially motorists, regarding road safety.
These are the common forms of reckless driving as further defined by DOJ:
1.OVER-SPEEDING - There are prescribed maximum allowable speeds for various road types according to width, flow of traffic and location(high risk areas). These are detailed in RA 4136 which describes the proper speed prescribed by law as:"(1) a speed that is careful and prudent, not greater or less than what is reasonable and proper considering traffic, road and other existing conditions, (2) a speed that will not endanger the life, limb and property of any person, and (3) a speed that will permit a driver to bring his vehicle to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead."
2. DRUNK DRIVING - The Advisory states that this is a graver abuse than reckless driving.Section 53 of RA 4136 prohibits any person from driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor or any narcotic drug.
"Once proven to be drunk... a person can be held liable for driving under the influence of alcohol, which is a graver abuse than reckless driving," the Advisory read.
3. DISTRACTED DRIVING - This type of irresponsible driving is a form of reckless driving, according to the Advisory, because "it deviates a driver's attention away from the road, causing him to commit acts or omissions that may endanger himself and others." Examples of this type include conversing with another person in the vehicle or on the phone, retrieving objects on the floor, dashboard, eating or drinking, adjusting car radios, and using gadgets and devices like mobile phones, laptops, iPads, iPods/MP3 players or PGS-enabled devices.
DOJ issued advisory points to the public and one of these points seem to apply on the incident just took place this morning.
"RECKLESS DRIVING, DRUNK DRIVING AND DISTRACTED DRIVING ARE VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW IN THEMSELVES. THEY NEED NOT RESULT IN DAMAGES, INJURIES OR EVEN DEATH FOR THEM TO BE PUNISHABLE"