THE Fiji Red Cross Society is looking to policy makers to encourage implementing First Aid skills for every driver.
This is part of the society's awareness programs while celebrating World First Aid Day yesterday in collaboration with the Fiji Police Force and the Land Transport Authority.
"First aid is an essential skill to have," said Fiji Red Cross Society resource development manager Dianne Reddy.
"The theme of this year's celebrations is 'First Aid and Road Safety', so we want to bring the importance of first aid into road safety.
"It can come as a life-saving tool in that golden hour after an accident.
"If every driver knew the basics of first aid and CPR they would be in the frontline of respondents to a road accident."
Ms Reddy said the society was working with the police and LTA to encourage more first aid awareness.
"They are the two relevant authorities when it comes to road safety, so we wanted to partner with them and encourage more awareness of this important issue.
"Road safety is something that we should all be involved with and we are grateful with the assistance of the two authorities."
Celebrations in Lautoka yesterday were marked with school children learning the importance of road and fire safety.
The international event was marked in Suva with 20 government and 20 community drivers receiving training on first aid and CPR by the Fiji Red Cross Society.
According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety published by the World Health Organization in 2013, approximately 1.24 million people worldwide died in 2010 as a result of road traffic injuries.
This represents an average of almost 3400 persons dying each day around the world.