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‘Attitude Causes Road Accidents’

It’s the attitude of drivers and pedestrians that causes road accidents says Land Transport Authority chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva. This is despite having laws which penalised drivers and pedestrians
29 May 2015 09:02
‘Attitude Causes Road Accidents’
Jaywalking in Korea

It’s the attitude of drivers and pedestrians that causes road accidents says Land Transport Authority chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva.

This is despite having laws which penalised drivers and pedestrians who don’t follow simple road safety rules.

Mr Tuinaceva said, “The mindset of people need to change and we cannot do that overnight.”

Meanwhile a Fiji Sun photojournalist, who was recently in Korea, said while there were many vehicles there, pedestrians waited patiently at designated crossings, for five to ten minutes, then only crossed at the proper time.

“It’s amazing how both drivers and pedestrians in Korea strictly followed road rules,” Ronald Kumar said.

Stakeholders in Fiji have also given their views regarding these problems.

“For pedestrians we have to keep educating them through awareness campaigns, etc, using all sorts of methods and strategies,” Mr Tuinaceva added.

Fiji Taxi Union general secretary Rish Ram said, “Most of the road accidents are caused by young drivers and vehicle owners should be aware of whom they’re giving their vehicles to and check their driving licences,” Mr Ram said.

Meanwhile Fiji Bus Operators Association president Parmod Chand said they were strict with bus drivers and took them to task when they had complaints made against them.

“The drivers need to change their attitude and more training should be given to them,” Mr Chand said.

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri, when asked about the problem, said, “One of the main issues is the attitude and stakeholders like LTA and Police have been conducting awareness on these issues but unfortunately it has been falling on deaf ears.”

He said we all needed to work together to make our roads safe.

 

Feedback: shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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