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EDITORIAL: Let’s Make It A Safe And Wonderful Sporting Weekend

EDITORIAL: Let’s Make It A Safe And Wonderful Sporting Weekend
Fire officers at the scene where the three-vechicle smash up took place at Nabou in Nadroga yesteday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 09
10:59 2018

Safety will be on the minds of many people as they head down to Suva’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday to watch the Powerade Super Deans Rugby final between Cuvu College and Ratu Kadavulevu School.

This is a special final because it is the first time that Cuvu College has played in one.

It is symbolic from a Western Division context as Cuvu will be flying the flag for all the schools from there.

So we can expect rugby fans in the West to be heading to Suva for the big game.

This means there will be extra buses, mini vans, cars and other vehicles on the roads leading to Suva.

Traffic will be very busy because it is also the end of the second school term and students are on holiday.

Five days ago there was a horrific multiple vehicle accident at Nabou  between Sigatoka and Nadi. Seven people have so far died. Several are still in hospital.

The tragedy highlights the risks on our roads.

The responsibility for safety in travel is everyone’s, the drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

The Police Chief Operations Officer ACP Maretino Qiolevu and the Principal of Cuvu College, Navneet Mishra,  yesterday appealed for an accident-free Saturday.

It will only be possible if we take all the necessary precautions.

Motorists should be warned that Police will beef up their presence from Sigatoka to Suva to ensure that anyone breaking traffic rules will be booked.

We could also see Land Transport Authority officers on the road helping Police.

As law enforcement officers carry out their duty, the public have an equal role to  play to keep the road safe.

Here are some safety tips:

  • If you are travelling from Sigatoka, leave early, avoid the rush
  • Then you can follow the speed limit
  • Slow down on the bends and close to villages, hotels and settlements
  • Drivers should check oil, water, petrol, lights and tyres before going on the road
  • Apply defensive driving techniques.Be patient.
  • Better to be late than be sorry.
  • Avoid revelry in vehicles.
  • Help drivers to focus on the  road.
  • Loud music can be a distraction.
  • Do not encourage drivers to race as some do.
  • Drivers should turn off their phones before departure.
  • They should sleep early the night before.

Most of these tips are common sense. If we follow them we will lower the risks of accidents and make this sporting weekend a wonderful spectacle.



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