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36 car accidents in two weeks


Police responded to about 36 accidents within the span of May 21, 2018, up to Monday, June 4, 2018. That has prompted the administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to ask the public to drive carefully, especially this rainy season.

According to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jackie Rae Shepard, many of the accidents in the last few days included collisions involving parked cars as well as collisions with other stationary objects.

“The recent number of vehicular accidents is a paramount concern for Gov. [Ralph DLG] Torres and his administration. Gov. Torres extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and reminds the community to exercise caution and vigilance when driving out on the roads, particularly during this rainy season,” said press secretary Kevin Bautista.

“Words and public reminders are only the first step. Ensuring public safety and the wellbeing of our residents has been and always will be a primary responsibility of the governor and his administration. DPS has already been engaged to actively crack down on impaired and distracted driving, and our law enforcement officers in both DPS and DFEMS have done a good job at directing traffic at accident scenes and responding to life-threatening cases,” he added.

Bautista said that no one should accept impaired driving “and it’s everyone’s business to stop impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.”

“This rainy season, Gov. Torres encourages the Commonwealth to be vigilant and careful on the roads. Buckle up, pay attention to speed limits and road conditions, and never drive impaired. Our law enforcement is also here to lend a helping hand.”

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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