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Police: Talk road safety

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TALK to your child about road safety.

This was the advice from the Fiji Police Force as the new school year begins today with traffic movement expected to increase.

In a release, the police reiterated the need for parents to talk to their children about road safety.

The police has also revealed that it will step up traffic operations to ensure movement of children on roads were monitored.

"Our officers will be out to ensure the safety of children on their first day back at school with a lot of emphasis on traffic operations," said police spokeswoman, Ana Naisoro.

"Back to school means more children walking on our roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely.

"Parents must stress the need to practise safety precautionary measures at all times while travelling to and from school and avoid playing on our roads," she said.

Motorists have also been advised to drive carefully when nearing school zones.

"Please be aware of school zones, reduce speed in school zones, be ready to stop at all times as children do not always notice oncoming traffic and please be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding."