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LTA educates 28,455 school children on road safety

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is placing more emphasis on educating the younger generation on road safety. As part of its education program, the LTA has reached out to 28,455 students in 64 schools in the Central Eastern region in the first quarter of this year. LTA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Naisa Tuinaceva said this […]

Peni Shute

April 13, 2016 12:52 pm

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is placing more emphasis on educating the younger generation on road safety. As part of its education program, the LTA has reached out to 28,455 students in 64 schools in the Central Eastern region in the first quarter of this year.

Schools students taking part in a Oratory contest organised by the LTA last year. (LTA)
School students taking part in an Oratory contest organized by the LTA last year. (LTA)

LTA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Naisa Tuinaceva said this is to ensure Fiji has better road users in future.

We are focusing on the younger generation as we believe we can mold them in becoming better road users while they are still young. In comparison, we have found that it is hard to persuade the older generation to walk and drive responsibly.

Mr. Tuinaceva said that a better educated younger generation would mean that in the long term, there will be more matured parents, drivers and road users in Fiji.

We have witnessed over the years the loss of many young lives on our roads and each death is not only a loss to their families, but also to our country. This is why we are urging the young ones to learn about road safety and help save the future.

As part of its road safety education program, LTA also conducts community visits and has formed 30 road safety committees along the villages on the Queens Road and some villages in the Central Eastern region to date.

The committees have been formed to address high fatalities in these areas.

The Authority will continue with its education program in schools and communities and aims to reach all schools in Fiji this year.

The Authority is also constructing a road safety park at LTA headquarters in Nasinu where children will be able to learn about road safety.

Ten people including young ones have died on our roads to date.

Last year, a total of 65 fatalities were recorded of which the majority were very young people.

In 2014, 49 people lost their lives on our roads.

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