Editorial comment – Road safety first

Sam Matavesi goes through the defence during the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training session at Albert Park in Suva on Thursday, August 08, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THIS weekend’s going to be pretty busy with a number of events all organised and planned around the country.

The big one obviously would be the Flying Fijians rugby side taking on the might of Manu Samoa at the national stadium in Suva on Saturday.

Our top soccer teams will converge on Churchill Park in Lautoka for the final round of the Battle of the Giants tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fiji National Rugby League will be hosting its grand finals at Churchill Park as well before the BOG.

Secondary schools soccer players are playing in the Fiji Secondary Schools Football Association IDC in Ba.

The big one for schoolboy ruggers takes place at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka where the finals of the Deans Trophy competition will be held tomorrow.

In Lautoka, the WOWS Kids Fiji Superhero walk and fun run is scheduled to get underway from Shirley Park at 6.30am.

This means heavy movement of people across the Western Division today and throughout the weekend.

Perhaps it is apt then that we take time today to consider road safety.

We hope drivers and travellers will consider road safety tips and plan their journey well.

In an ideal world, laws that govern road usage would keep us safe.

They serve as guidelines for all road users.

They are designed to keep vehicles apart, specifically detail the speed we should be travelling on, clearly mark out options available for us from the right to pull over, coming to a stop, to over-taking on the highway.

They are there to keep us safe.

Unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

We do not live in an ideal world.

Accidents happen because we allow them to.

Every year we have campaigns that target road safety issues.

Yet every year we still stare at a brickwall as accidents continue to happen around the country.

We can either choose to ignore the campaigns, or do the sensible thing and adhere strictly to the laws of our land governing road usage.

It isn’t going to be an easy task putting a stop to road accidents, but it can be done.

We must raise our level of awareness in terms of road safety.

Common sense factors quite heavily in this process.

We will look to the police and LTA to be on the lookout for dangerous drivers.

So as we make our way across the country to our various destinations, let’s keep to the speed limit, rest when we need to, adhere to rules that govern road usage and apply common sense when the need arises.

Let’s stay safe.

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