IN its efforts to minimise the risks of people dying in road accidents, the LTA is now incorporating basic first aid drills as part of its defensive driving course.
While the nation celebrated World First Aid Day, authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said taking immediate action and applying appropriate techniques, while waiting for professional help, could considerably reduce both deaths and injuries and long-term impact.
However, he said the lack of first aid knowledge and skills had resulted in the slipping away of valuable lives from the hands of those present at accident scenes.
Mr Tuinaceva said these lives could have been saved if people knew what to do when road accidents occurred.
"There must be more advocacies on the issue on how first aid can save lives every day" Mr Tuinaceva said.
"While there is regular campaigning to reduce the occurrence of road accidents, there has been little done to build the confidence and knowledge of the public, so that they can help reduce road death through first aid."
As part of the celebrations, 20 government and 20 community drivers were trained on first aid and CPR by the Red Cross Society at the LTA headquarters in Nasinu yesterday.
Society director general Filipe Nainoca said death and injury could be avoided if people were trained in basic first aid.
"First aid is by no means a replacement for emergency services, it is a vital initial step to providing effective and swift action that helps to reduce serious injuries," Mr Nainoca said.