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Playing by the rules

Fred Wesley
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

It isn't a joke any more that thousands of commuters find themselves stuck in heavy traffic daily in the Capital City these days. Clearly traffic congestion is not going to fade away any time soon either.

It most probably could get worse.

So what really is causing traffic congestion?

Why are we getting stuck in heavy traffic in peak hours of the mornings and afternoons?

Could it be because of the large number of vehicles on our roads? Could it be because of the road works?

Or is it because of the many inconsiderate drivers who clog our roads?

Do we build more roads, or invest in more public transport?

As we look to the powers that be with hope, to find a solution, at least one aspect of this daily headache can be solved though.

It's the part where we pitch in to stop inconsiderate drivers.

Surely every commuter is in a hurry to get to work, school or to various other destinations during peak hour traffic.

It's frightening to consider what would happen if every driver decided to try and beat the queue daily.

It would be a concern of significant proportions.

It was frustrating to see two buses stopping at a junction in Nasinu yesterday morning.

It wasn't because there was a breakdown either.

In the midst of heavy traffic, the two bus drivers blocked traffic so that they could transfer passengers from one bus to the other.

Mind you, this was done right at the junction.

In the meantime, cab drivers continued to travel on the wrong lane, forcing on-coming traffic at times to move further out to avoid a collision.

This is not how we are supposed to be driving in Fiji.

The question though is do these drivers really care?

Do they even care that they could one day cause an accident?

Do they even care that there are frustrated drivers watching them play with the law?

Because it is happening on a daily basis, it seems obvious some drivers just don't care at all.

This is why the LTA and police must clamp down on such drivers.

They must be reminded about the fact that the laws governing how we use our roads are there for everyone.

No driver is above the law.

Those who think they are above it must be brought back down to Earth.

Let's play our part and stick to the rules. Let's be considerate.

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