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Look right, left and stay alive

Dawn Gibson
Monday, May 12, 2014

SCHOOL begins again tomorrow for most students in Fiji and this road safety reminder must be lived by each time a student — or anyone for that matter — steps on to the street to cross to the other side.

Reminders can be pasted all over the place, but if that extra bit of caution is not taken, these billboards, or posters, have no use.

While as a pedestrian you have no control over any oncoming vehicles, you can take small measures to ensure your own safety.

Land Transport Authority chief executive Naisa Tuinaceva yesterday explained with school set to resume this week, parents and children needed to go back to basics.

"My advice to children is the simple and basic rules of road safety that we have always been teaching them, about crossing in particular," Mr Tuinaceva said.

"The importance of being very observant and very careful on the road is one of the most basic but important ones."

The CEO said this meant being careful from the moment you realise you are about to cross a road.

"Be observant even before you cross by looking to the right, looking to the left, to the right again and if the road is clear, then you cross, not anyhow.

"You don't have to rush when crossing the road, no matter how late you are for class or for something else, you do not have to rush when crossing the road.

"To have that kind of cautiousness when crossing the road and before crossing the road is really important, especially for children."

He said the role parents could play in instilling this kind of approach to road safety in homes was paramount.

"Before children leave for school, sit down with them for one or two minutes and again address this issue with them — remind children and remind them again.

"We always advise people to walk in the direction at which you can see the oncoming vehicle so you're more prepared and aware if anything happens to the vehicle.

"We continue to see children sticking their heads and bodies out of buses and other moving vehicles. This has to stop. We need children, once they've boarded their school buses, to get a seat and don't move from that seat during the bus route to your homes."

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