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Let's do the right thing

Fred Wesley
Monday, July 24, 2017

A 59-year-old farmer has become the latest fatality on our roads.

Police yesterday confirmed the death, saying he was travelling on a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old man.

Their vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle on Saturday evening at Dreketi in Macuata.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were returning from the farm when the accident happened after 5pm at Matasawalevu Settlement in Dreketi.

Police confirmed their vehicle was allegedly hit by a vehicle driven by a 26-year-old mechanic of Lekutu, Bua and the 59-year-old passenger died instantly.

The drivers of both vehicles and passengers are admitted at the Dreketi Health Centre for observation as investigations continue.

It is difficult to shrug aside the fact that accidents do happen, and long into the future they will continue to happen.

Accidents happen because we allow them to.

Perhaps, today should be about just adhering to road rules.

Let us stick to designated speed limits. Switch on your indicator lights before you switch lanes or overtake.

Value defensive driving and be proactive.

Do not drink and drive. If you are on medication that could cause drowsiness, stay off the wheel.

If you are drunk, catch a cab.

Slow down when approaching densely populated areas such as residential areas and villages.

Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Try not to beat the red light at intersections.

Be aware of your surroundings. Be alert when approaching parked buses or vehicles on the side of the road.

Be alert when approaching children on the sides of the road.

And most importantly, there is something called common sense. Use it!

One just has to stand at the roundabout near the Bailey bridge in Suva to see how hundreds of drivers continue to beat the system daily when travelling from Suva to Nausori.

Or you could follow buses servicing Kinoya daily to see how they park to pick up and drop off passengers, disregarding other motorists and causing dangerous situations.

They each share the same message.

They continue to disregard road rules on a daily basis.

Again, we come to the important bit about common sense and common courtesy.

Let's learn about them, and hopefully be proactive and exercise them daily.

Road safety is everyone's business every day.

Let's save a life, let's be proactive.








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