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Letters To The Editor, 5th May 2017

Letters To The Editor, 5th May 2017
Road Fatilities
May 05
11:00 2017

Municipal CEO

Shiraz Mohammed,

Glenwood, NSW, Australia

Did I hear it right that an expat chief executive officer has been hired for a municipal council and the CEO has been transferred as CEO of another municipality?

What happened to the massive number of masters and other postgraduate holders churned out by our universities?

Are they not worthy of the paper that they’re holding? Hire Netherland Made, Bin Fiji Made is the new motto of Fiji?


Roads, not race tracks

Chandra P Singh,


I totally agree with the opinions of few regular writers regarding road fatalities and how it can be avoided if only drivers and pedestrians obeyed traffic rules and showed road courtesy.

When drivers and pedestrians are using roads they should always keep in mind that a careless behaviour can cause severe injury, paralyse a person, cause deaths, damage property or place unwanted burden on families, relevant authorities and state’s resources.

The Fiji Police Force has been recording an increasing number of speeding infringements and this can be avoided if you as a driver think seriously and ask why you are driving above the speed limit and why.

Those who are not paying attention, I want to ask why you do not want to take precautions before disaster strikes?

If driving habits do not improve despite awareness, then Government should seriously consider stiff penalties for those who disobey road safety rules and cause accidents.

Children are also becoming victims of accidents and parents should keep educating them about safety procedures and take appropriate steps to avoid a disaster to happen.

Also remember that sometimes children in some areas are seen rolling tyres on roads, playing soccer, rugby and other games that are too dangerous because roads are meant for vehicles and pedestrians, and are simply not playing grounds.

A large sum of money is spent by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to upgrade roads and make it safer, enforcements and awareness by Police and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) that need not be overlooked.

Drivers of buses, taxis, mini-buses, rental cars, trucks and other private vehicles  should show respect towards road safety rules, defensive driving techniques and above all road curtesy should prevail at all times.

Fiji’s roads have undergone drastic improvements and these are meant for safer driving, less fatigue, comfortable and unnecessary wear and tear in vehicles.

Do not use roads as a racing ground but as an infrastructure that takes you from one place to another safely.

Drinking and drive don’t go together so let’s not have a situation arise where you end up paying a hefty fine and losing a driving licence for a few months. This can affect your livelihood and create difficulties for everyone in the family.

A few drivers tend to rush and look for space to turn left or right ahead of other vehicles, but misjudgement can cause accidents resulting in further traffic jams in already peak period traffic congestion.

As drivers, for your own benefit, make some adjustments regarding departure/arrival time in order to prevent stress, show anger, late arrival at work, wanting to rush and end up causing accidents.

As drivers you should never cross a red light despite knowing it is a serious offence and should ask if it is really necessary when others behind them stop for a green light to come.

Bus drivers should always pick/drop passengers at bus stops instead of stopping anyhow on the road causing traffic hold up and breaking road rules.

Traffic rules are not so complicated and difficult but are quite simple to learn, understand and follow them.

In cases of trucks laden with goods, drivers are required to drive at a certain speed. This is utmost necessary because any mishaps can tilt goods resulting in a truck losing control.

Also while turning at bends and intersections always engage in low gear because a break failure can result in major accidents involving few vehicles.

Sometimes children in peri-urban areas are seen rolling tyres on roads, playing soccer/rugby and other games that can be dangerous. Roads are meant for vehicles/pedestrians and are simply not playing grounds.

Pedestrians should always walk on the left side of roads and while crossing pay particular attention to vehicles moving from both directions before making a move. Where there are traffic lights wait for the pedestrian crossing sign and then you can cross safely.

While walking on the left side of the road parents should keep their children closer to the left side and teach them to be always attentive.


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