16 February 2012

Helmet Law


In its latest announcement showing the magnitude of motorcycle-related injuries in the country, the Department of Health (DoH) again urged all enforcement agencies to strictly implement the “Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010” and the seatbelt law after recording a total of 943 accidents involving motorcycles in the third quarter of 2011.
Motorcycle accidents number 943 or 50 percent of 1,860 total of transport or vehicular-related injuries recorded in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) of the DoH.

NEISS is a quarterly report gathered from 47 government and private hospitals.
In the third quarter report, a total of 6,515 injury cases were registered in NEISS.
In the list of injuries, vehicular crash is the number one cause of injuries with 1,860 cases. Mauling is second with 1,410 cases; fall with 1,175 cases; and contact with sharp objects with 982 cases. Other injuries include bites or stings with 414 cases; burns, 133 cases; gunshots, 93 cases; chemicals, 9 cases; hanging, 7 cases and drowning, 7 cases.
By JENNY F. MANONGDO
mb.com.ph

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