Deans Safety Plea

Safety on our roads is high on the priority list as people an­ticipate the big rugby games on Saturday. And impassioned pleas to make it an accident-free weekend have come
09 Aug 2018 10:59
Deans Safety Plea
Rugby expert Franck Boivert (front/left) directing the Cuvu College Under-18 rugby team during training at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park on August 8, 2018. Cuvu College will make its first appearance in the U-18 Deans final on Saturday against defending champions Ratu Kadavulevu School at Suva’s ANZ Stadium.

Safety on our roads is high on the priority list as people an­ticipate the big rugby games on Saturday.

And impassioned pleas to make it an accident-free weekend have come from Cuvu College principal Navneet Mishra and Police Chief Operations Officer ACP Police Maretino Qiolevu.

They come after the Nabou tragic multi-vehicle accident between Nadi and Sigatoka that has so far claimed seven lives with several vic­tims still in hospital.

Many of the victims were on their way to Suva to cheer for Ratu Navula College against Ratu Kadavulevu in the Under-18 Powerade Super Rugby Deans semi-final last Saturday in Suva

Mr Mishra’s team will play RKS in the coveted Under-18 trophy clash in the schools Powerade Super Rugby Deans age group finals at the ANZ Stadium, Laucala, Suva.

At Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park, Naitasiri will defend the HFC Bank Farebrother trophy against Tailevu.

ACP Qiolevu said the lives of the passengers were in the hands of drivers and he warned drivers that Police would be on a look-out to pre­vent any accidents.

He said the Nabou accident should be a reminder.

“We will be vigilant on that day and we will be deploying more Police of­ficers. We will have police officers on the road from Nadroga to Suva,” ACP Qiolevu said.

“Drivers should not rush because passengers are important. The law is there because if they don’t follow it then they will get in trouble with the law.

“They should ensure that they drive within the speed limit and we will be monitoring them to ensure that they follow the speed limit.”

Mr Mishra said: “We have talked to the transport provider and that is Coastline Transport Ltd to ensure that the drivers stay within the speed limit,” “We are working closely with the bus operator and Police to ensure no one else lose their precious life. We have also advised our students to behave.

“We are requesting private vehicle drivers to ensure that they also fol­low the road rules. It will be a busy weekend and there would be a lot of vehicles on the road,” he said.

Coastline Transport Ltd director, Mohammed Ilyas Gul said they had talked with the drivers to ensure the safety of those travelling with them.

“We have advised our drivers to en­sure that they drive within the speed limit and to make sure that the stu­dents behave in the bus as they can distract the drivers,” Mr Gul said.

“Those that see our buses speeding should call Land Transport Author­ity (LTA), Police and us.

“There was a case on Saturday where a passenger called us to com­plain about a driver over-speeding. We called LTA to book them. We are ensuring there are parents, guard­ians and teachers in the bus that has been hired to travel down to Suva this Saturday.”

Viti Minibuses Assistant Chair­man, Shalendra Subhag, they were very particular about their drivers.

“I can ensure the public that our drivers are responsible and reli­able,” Mr Subhag said.

“We have always told our drivers to drive carefully and to stay within the speed limit. Our drivers are the ones that are permit holders.

“We are very particular about our drivers because we don’t want any accidents happening. We also do counsel them,”

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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