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Be Cautious Road Users Urged

The Land Transport Authority is reiterating the need for drivers and road users to practise caution while on the road. Seven people have died on our roads so far this
07 Mar 2015 14:33
Be Cautious Road Users Urged

The Land Transport Authority is reiterating the need for drivers and road users to practise caution while on the road. Seven people have died on our roads so far this year, many have become physically and mentally disabled, families have fallen apart, and the list goes on.

Today we bring you the story of a young man who became a prisoner in his own body following a horrific road accident in 2008 with the hope that his story will encourage people to report dangerous drivers and to wear front and rear seat belts while travelling in a vehicle.

John’s Story

John clearly remembers telling the driver to slow down as the car sped dangerously on the highway. However the man refused to listen. Then, a tyre blew and the car spun out of control and crashed.

The Information Technology specialist’s life descended into darkness in September 2008 when he hopped into the rear seat of his tenant’s car together with two other friends to go for a ride. The other three escaped unharmed while John sustained severe head and spinal injuries. The ninth vertebrae in his spine had been injured in the accident which left him in a wheelchair.

Doctors told his family that he would never be able to walk, talk or maintain a job because of his condition.

Everyone including his family thought that was it for him, that he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. However John felt that this was not his fate. He was determined to defy doctors’ expectations of what he could and could not do in life.

John spent three years in hospital in Fiji, with the last six months at a hospital in India where he underwent an operation to remove a pipe, or tracheostomy, that had been inserted into his throat for breathing purpose. With the pipe removed from his throat, John went on to recover remarkably and he is now back on his feet.

John has overcome the pain and trauma of the accident and is ready to move on with his

life, however he is unable to speak clearly. He has a noticeable rasp in his voice that is making it difficult for him to secure a job. He regularly encounters the stereotypical thinking about his ability to function after the accident. Please pull sentence in BOLD as quote in large font

“I have attended many job interviews but potential employers usually tell me that my voice is the problem,” John said. “When I speak, people think I am drunk. They just don’t understand that you don’t need a great voice to do IT work.”

John is hopeful that a potential employer will take the time to understand him and give

him the opportunity to use his IT skills and experience. Once he secures a job, he will be able

to seek custody of his son whom he misses a lot.

John became the victim of a horrific road accident due to the recklessness of a bad driver. John has urged drivers and other road users not to take road rules and regulations lightly.

“Always remember to follow the rules and be a responsible citizen as this is the only way we can avoid road accidents,” he said. Please pull sentence in BOLD as quote in large font

“Becoming paralysed all of a sudden, losing freedom, losing voice, being judged and facing rejection is a scary experience, and I hope people who tend to disrespect the road, vehicles and other road users will learn from my experience and change their attitude.” Please pull quote of text in BOLD in large font.

Basic Driving Skills

credit: drivetest.ca

As a driver, one of the most basic driving skills you can acquire is a good attitude towards other drivers.  It is important to remember that you are in control of the car that could potentially be a lethal weapon.  Stay positive and do not become stressed out at other drivers and their bad road manners.  Staying patient is the key to any basic driving skills.

Keep a constant watch on your surroundings and be aware of people and vehicles around you at all times. Check your mirrors frequently, and always check your blind spots by looking over your shoulder before making turns and lane changes.  Knowing what is going on behind you is often overlooked, but it is extremely important to know whether cars behind you are too close, too fast or trying to overtake.

Remember that you share the road with other road users and all call for your attention and courtesy on the road.

 



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