Last week there was an incident when a train collided with a vehicle. On September 3, a van supposedly violated the traffic rules regarding railroad crossings, resulting in a collision with a PNR train in Calamba, Laguna. Seven people were brought to the hospital in order to be treated for injuries. Following the collision, the train and van also rammed into three houses.

In order to stop these accidents from possibly happening, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced that they impose strict sanctions on drivers who violate traffic rules at railroad crossings. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) then instructed the LTO to cooperate with the Philippine National Railroads (PNR), to establish an enforcement mechanism for the strict implementation of “Land Transportation and Traffic Code”. According to the code, “a driver shall bring his/her vehicle to a full stop before traversing any railroad crossing”.

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“We will work closely with the DOTr and PNR on the establishment of preventive measures to ensure the safety of the public, and inculcate discipline among drivers,” said LTO Asec. Edgar Galvante expressed.

“Through an enforcement system, violators cannot just get away with their misbehavior. We will be able to determine those who deliberately and habitually disobey our traffic rules on rail lines. Aside from the safety of the public, we also need to protect our rail infrastructure given the high capital cost of these systems,” said DOTr USEC for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon. 

It should be a no brainer to stop at railroad crossings, especially when the barriers are coming down. Driving through Manila, particularly along Espana and Buendia, you will often see jeepneys, PUVs, and even private vehicles crossing the railroad even when the barriers are down, trying to "race" approaching trains. This is also why you hear cases of trains crashing into vehicles in the news ever so often.

Guys, this isn't The Fast and The Furious.