Road safety is our business

Fred Wesley | Tuesday, January 9, 2018
IN a perfect world, a lot of things would certainly be done differently. Unfortunately we do not live in such a world.

Let's face it, in a perfect world, advice would be taken seriously and embraced as a means for positive change.

People would actually adhere to laws that are in place. They would work within stated boundaries.

In a perfect world, there probably would be no road accidents.

People would be heeding advice. Whether as drivers, passengers or pedestrians, we all would be rigidly sticking to set road rules. There would be a lot more emphasis on common sense and road courtesy.

You would not expect drivers to be talking on their mobile phones while driving. You would not expect to see drivers pressing on the gas in metered zones.

Imagine how safety issues would be raised and embraced by every road user.

Drivers would be planning their journey well in advance and people would be arriving at their destinations on time and alive.

In fact, in a perfect world accidents would not even factor in the equation.

Reality hurts though because there is no such thing.

An accident yesterday in Suva must remind us that we cannot afford to be complacent.

It is our duty to promote the need for a sense of responsibility and appreciation of road rules.

The onus is on the individual, regardless of whether he or she is a driver or pedestrian or passenger, to be aware and to be responsible.

Human life hangs by a thread, so to speak. Injuries and any unnecessary loss of lives should be a major concern.

Last year we had a number of accidents that resulted in deaths. When we break down the impact road death tolls have on our country, we are left with a staggering financial cost.

We hope this factor reminds us of the heavy price we have to pay every time we disregard common sense.

Stay off alcohol if you know you are going to drive a vehicle. Drive within speed limits and plan for a journey. Be aware when out on the road. Rest when you are tired. Do not use a mobile phone while driving.

Perhaps the LTA should make a concerted effort this year to fight this growing habit.

There is a tendency to be complacent until the next accident happens.

The cycle is vicious because of our failure to appreciate the need to be vigilant.

Great initiatives are undertaken every year, yet we continue to disregard the simplest of road rules.

Accidents happen because we think they won't.

Let us make a difference this year.

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