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EDITORIAL: Attitude. The biggest problem on our roads

How right he is. Police Director Traffic Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra is correct in saying that Fijian drivers need to change their mentality and attitude. Having more than 200 drivers
22 Jul 2016 09:27
EDITORIAL: Attitude. The biggest problem on our roads
How right he is.

Police Director Traffic Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra is correct in saying that Fijian drivers need to change their mentality and attitude.

Having more than 200 drivers booked within 48 hours for speeding is shameful.

Racing through traffic lights as they turn red is shameful.

Drinking and driving is shameful.

Hitting and leaving a woman to die on the roadside is shameful.

Hitting someone on the road and not having the humanity to take them for medical attention is very, very shameful.

And no matter how many Police officers we have on our roads patrolling, nothing will change. Unless attitudes change.

No matter how stringent our laws are and how high our fines are,  it will hardly be a deterrent unless the willingness to change comes from us.

Daily we see drivers flaunting road rules without a care.

They do so because they have this attitude that they drive better than the next person and will never get into an accident.

Or they don’t care.

The death toll continues to rise.

Thousands continue to mourn loved ones who die.

People will continue dying senseless deaths on our roads if we don’t change our attitude and mentality.

Many more suffer from injuries.

Drivers though at fault largely are not the only ones who cause accidents on our roads.

Pedestrians crossing at their whim thinking they are invincible are also to be blamed.  Thinking that it is all right to suddenly cross in front of vehicles is ridiculous but is a sad reality.

Kudos to Senior Superintendent Mishra for saying it like it is.

Unless there is a national change of attitude and mentality people will continue to die on our roads. Shattering lives. Shattering families. Bringing grief.

 

jyoti pratibha

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

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