Editorial

Drivers: Will You Change The Narrative On Our Roads Today!

Our front page yesterday is enough to tell you that there are still many drivers out there who think highly of themselves and little of others’ lives. To be driving
29 Dec 2021 15:00
Drivers: Will You Change The Narrative On Our Roads Today!

Our front page yesterday is enough to tell you that there are still many drivers out there who think highly of themselves and little of others’ lives.

To be driving at 137km/hour is absolutely preposterous!

This incident is said to have happened last week, in the midst of the ongoing festive season and peak of travelling.

 

What’s even more insane is that the driver, nabbed by Traffic Police, was caught a mere distance from where eight lives were claimed in a road accident back in 2018.

Just yesterday before midday, our team were witness to an almost fatal accident where a driver of a rental car was exiting a street onto the main road.

Our team saw the driver speeding at yet another ridiculous speed, losing control, driving onto the footpath and crashing into an electricity post.

 

The two female occupants of this rental car (pictured above) escaped injuries after the driver (right) lost control of the car and collided with a EFL power post as she drov out of Nasinu Road onto the quuen highway in Nasinu on December 28, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The two female occupants of this rental car (pictured above) escaped injuries after the driver (right) lost control of the car and collided with a EFL power post as she drove out of Nasinu Road onto the Queens highway in Nasinu on December 28, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

We saw the driver and passenger quickly getting out of the vehicle, the front of the car, mind you, a rental one, severely damaged.

What happened moments before the accident between the driver and passenger is unknown, but what we can tell you and was clear to see is another case of speeding.

 

The two female occupants of this rental car (pictured above)  escaped injuries after the driver (left) lost control of the car and collided with a EFL power post as she drov out of Nasinu Road onto the quuen highway in Nasinu on December 28, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The two female occupants of this rental car (pictured above) escaped injuries after the driver (left) lost control of the car and collided with a EFL power post as she drove out of Nasinu Road onto the Queens highway in Nasinu on December 28, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Lucky for them, the passenger and driver were safe and so was the driver clocking at 137km/hour along Nabou.

But luck will not always be on their side or anyone’s for that matter.

Had a pedestrian been on the pavement when the rental car abruptly turned onto the pavement, the whole story would have changed.

Had someone crossed the road as our wannabe driver was driving in the ‘speed of light’ at Nabou, the story would have changed.

 

Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said the disregard for people’s lives was of grave concern for his team and the entire Police force.

It goes without saying that it should be a grave concern for anyone.

A colleague said in a meeting last week that being in the world of journalism allowed him power to change the narrative.

 

It is those words too that can be applied to our everyday lives.

Today and every other day, going forward into the New Year, we ask drivers – will you change the narrative today?

Will you be more a little more concerned, a little more selfless and a little more considerate of the lives of others as well as yours?

Do the right thing and do take care on the road.

 

Feedback: ranobab@fijisun.com.fj



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