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Editorial: More Stringent On Our Roads In Light Of Increasing Deaths

It’s time the Land Transport Authority step up its efforts to ensure we have safer roads in Fiji. There have been deaths almost weekly for the past few weeks now.
26 Sep 2018 11:29
Editorial: More Stringent On Our Roads In Light Of Increasing Deaths
Land Transport Authority

It’s time the Land Transport Authority step up its efforts to ensure we have safer roads in Fiji.

There have been deaths almost weekly for the past few weeks now.

It may come to a point where not having a death on the road is abnormal.

So let’s take a look at one of the major areas of con­cern. A majority of these accidents are caused by reckless drivers who simply do not care about other road users.

They do not care if they are carrying passengers or not and whether they too or others may lose their lives.

Most of these recklessness come from drivers who merely want to show off.

LTA’s general manager technical and operations Faiyum Ali said they wanted to make the roads safer.

However, setting up checkpoints will not get rid of reckless drivers.

The LTA needs to join the Fiji Police Force and travel through the major highways to find these drivers and when they do so, take away their driving licences.

For too long there have been talks of making Fiji’s roads safer but our annual statistics can be an indi­cator that 10 years from now, the situation and road death toll is bound to increase annually.

More stringent measures need to be taken even if more lives and more costs will increase.

Coming to Suva from the Queens Road is another in­dicator why LTA officers should be deployed to these areas.

Many a time you will pass through a checkpoint near the Novotel Suva Lami Bay and an LTA vehicle will be stationed there with supposedly a road block, but officers having a ‘talanoa’ under a marquee.

You travel towards the Suva Cemetery and same story there.

Simply trying to frighten motorists with your pres­ence will not make the roads safe.

Is it enough to talk to drivers of their responsibili­ties or better to get out there where the action really happens?

The LTA is doing a great job at present and catching many illegal drivers and vehicles, but that step-up is needed.

In the case of employment, the drivers’ driving sheet need to be checked to see that they have had proper rest for accidents also happen because the drivers may be suffering from fatigue, or sleep-deprived.

Perhaps incentives be given to people who can video a real dangerous situation and that is played on na­tional television and the driver put off from driving.

Out there, some drivers really don’t care when there is no Police or LTA around and every driver in this country has surely come across that near-miss mo­ment.

So let’s assist LTA for one day we may be on the re­ceiving end of one of these reckless drivers.

CHARLES CHAMBERS

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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