Editorial

Let’s Stop Loss Of Innocent Lives On Our Roads

Horrific car accidents have somewhat become common on our roads as of late. The tragic and senseless deaths of 24-year-old young mother Tulia Masere and her one-year-old son Isoa Vatubuli on the Kings Road near Verata, Nausori over the weekend was an accident that could have easily been avoided.
29 Mar 2022 12:45
Let’s Stop Loss Of Innocent Lives On Our Roads
Deceased Tullia Masere and baby Isoa Vatubuli.

Horrific car accidents have somewhat become common on our roads as of late.

The tragic and senseless deaths of 24-year-old young mother Tulia Masere and her one-year-old son Isoa Vatubuli on the Kings Road near Verata, Nausori over the weekend was an accident that could have easily been avoided.

It was alleged that alcohol was involved and the deceased’s families now have to pay the price of losing loved ones.

 

As they mourn the deaths, they live with a memory of a tragedy that could have easily been avoided had the de-facto partner of the deceased mother had listened to her that they stay the night at Naivicula Village in Wainibuka instead of getting into the car.

The defector partner and the driver were allegedly drunk.

Tulia’s distraught mother Timaleti Masere is finding it hard to accept all parents’ worst nightmare.

 

Heartbroken, she faces the sad reality that she has to now bury one of her children and a grandchild.

The pain of losing loved ones in accidents because of wrong choices and pure stupidity is traumatic and leaves a deep scar in the lives of the members of the families related to the victims.

It could stay with them for the rest of their lives because two treasured members of the families were prematurely snatched from this life through a total disregard for road safety.

 

The statistics for Fiji’s road fatalities for the year so far stand at four compared to seven for the same period last year.

While the number is low, it is no cause for relief or celebration.

The Police have repeatedly issued warnings and advisories for motorists to drive safely on our roads particularly in light of the wet weather conditions currently experienced nationwide.

 

 

Speeding kills and is one of the leading causes of road fatalities and accidents.

Driving under the influence of liquor is unlawful and if the driver was intoxicated the fatal accident came as no surprise.

The road condition was apparently not ideal and it was in the dark late at night. The risks were high.

 

Drivers should not drink when they drive.

Many studies have revealed that too much alcohol can damage the brain. Basically it impairs judgement.

It is dangerous to the occupants of the car, other motorists and pedestrians to drive under the influence of alcohol.

If we just follow the simple rule – don’t drink and drive – our roads will be much safer.

 

Feedback: fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj



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