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Father Urges Drivers To Follow Traffic Laws After Daughters Were Victims Of Road Accident

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that one man has been arrested and he is currently being questioned at the Valelevu Police Station.
19 Jun 2019 10:17
Father Urges Drivers To Follow Traffic Laws After Daughters Were Victims Of Road Accident
Rosa Gukinaivalu, 12, and Mere Gukinaivalu (right), 8, at Valelevu Health Center on June 17, 2019. Photo: Sivaniolo Gukinaivalu/Facebook

Sisters Rosa Gukinaivalu, 12, and Mere Gukinaivalu, 8, were victims of a road accident on Monday in Valelevu when they were crossing the Kings Road on their way home from Assemblies of God Primary School.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that one man has been arrested and he is currently being questioned at the Valelevu Police Station.

The girl’s father, Sivaniolo Gukinaivalu, said the man in question ran a red light when the accident occurred.

The girls were released from the Valelevu Health Centre yesterday. Their father said it’s lucky that the girls weren’t seriously injured during the accident.

Mr Gukinaivalu said that their minor injuries didn’t reflect that the vehicle hit them head on and that the girls themselves could not remember anything after crossing the street.

“The thing they do remember is ‘the green man’ they saw before crossing the street. The girls had learned in road safety to always wait until the crossing light turned green before they could cross the street,” he said.

“For their safety, the kids had been taught about the road rules — wait for the green man, then you cross. If the drivers are just going to run the red light, what safety do the kids have?”

He said that after the girls crossed into the lane, a car ran a red light and hit them. He also said that unfortunately drivers speeding and running red lights was a common occurrence before the Valelevu intersection.

“That’s not the first time. The only thing that brought this thing up was the accident; they had to pick up,” said Mr Gukinaivalu. Most of the time, drivers are running the red light here.”

According to Mr Gukinaivalu, Land Transport Authority and the Police are doing a good job in enforcing the rules and regulations in place and that it’s simply a matter of drivers stepping up and following the rules of the road.

“I just request that all drivers follow the rules and regulation — there are speed limits set, there’s a light there — for the safety of the people,” said Mr Gukinaivalu.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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