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Being proactive

Fred Wesley
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

IT rained quite heavily in the Capital City last night.

Within half an hour, it seemed a number of streets were flooded around the city suburbs.

Traffic fell back to a crawl in many places.

It was difficult to see through the heavy rain.

The weatherman said a weak trough of low pressure was slow moving just to the southwest of Fiji at around 7.30pm yesterday.

The forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji group is cloudy periods with some showers with isolated thunderstorms over the southern parts, interior and eastern parts of the larger islands.

Isolated heavy falls are likely.

The outlook for Wednesday is set for cloudy periods with some showers over the eastern parts and interior of the larger islands with isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls. Elsewhere, you can expect cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers.

Now we know that we should expect rain in most places, let us be vigilant on our roads.

Let us be mindful of road safety rules always.

Three people were admitted at the Lautoka Hospital after suffering injuries in an accident that happened at Namaka, Nadi, on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said a 51-year-old security officer of Nawaicoba, who was driving a private vehicle with three passengers, lost control of the car when he was allegedly trying to overtake a vehicle.

In the process, he went on to the oncoming lane and collided with a minibus.

Reports reveal that because of the impact, the passengers were thrown back and the car landed on top of another vehicle.

Ms Naisoro said the driver fractured his right arm and two of his passengers also sustained injuries.

"Some are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital under observation. Others were treated at Nadi Hospital and sent home," she said.

Accidents happen because we allow them to.

Every year campaigns are promoted, safety tips issued, and awareness created about the importance of road safety. Yet every year, accidents happen. It does cast a rather interesting notion that perhaps we are too complacent. We shrug aside the fact that accidents do happen because we seem to think they won't.

It is when accidents happen that we start jumping up and down, trying to promote ourselves as advocates of road safety.

Let us be proactive. Let us do the right thing.

Let us start by following road rules, allowing common sense to prevail, and plan our journeys well.

On the weather front, let us be careful on the roads, keep a tab on the weatherman and heed warnings.

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