Ir­re­spon­si­ble Driv­ers Need To Be Taken Off Our Roads

Fiji Sun - - Comment - RACHNA LAL Feed­back: rach­nal@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ir­re­spon­si­ble, selfi sh and over­con­fi­dent driv­ers with­out con­cern for oth­ers on the roads. That is how we can sim­ply de­scribe those who drink and drive on our roads. They are not only en­dan­ger­ing their own lives along with those in their ve­hi­cles, but those other in­no­cent peo­ple on our roads. Noth­ing can ever jus­tify drink­ing and driv­ing and in fact, it should not even be en­cour­aged in the first place. A few min­utes of thrill can lead to lives lost, life-long re­grets or even life-long dis­abil­ity. In­deed we are lucky in Fiji that the fines and pe­nal­i­ties for drink and drive are not so heavy. In our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, fines are so high that no one would even think of con­sum­ing al­co­hol above the ap­proved limit and driv­ing. The other thing we are lucky in Fiji about is that the taxi fares are so cheap and in­deed the trav­el­ling dis­tances are not so far. So if you do have to go to a party and drink, ei­ther or­gan­ise for some­one to pick you up, have a non­drink­ing per­son to drive to ac­com­pany you or al­ter­na­tively, just catch a cab home. There is no one re­ally who ben­e­fits. You be­come a haz­ard on the road. You could end up hit­ting a pedes­trian or even worse, caus­ing a bad ac­ci­dent. Would you be able to live with this guilt? I think not. There­fore, we all need to act more re­spon­si­bly. The fact the penal­ties and fines here are quite low, does not mean we take ad­van­tage of the situation. Let us not push our au­thor­i­ties to push up the fines to where they are in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. It is un­der­stand­able that many peo­ple would not be able to af­ford, if given such hefty fines as our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. There­fore, it is time to act now. And in­deed if you love speed then test your skills in sober con­di­tions at the tracks where Fiji Car Club or­gan­ises reg­u­lar race events. That is the place to test your skills and ve­hi­cle speed. Re­mem­ber, a life lost can never be brought back. It is bet­ter to not risk it than to live with life-long re­grets.

There­fore, we all need to act more re­spon­si­bly. The fact the penal­ties and fines here are quite low, does not mean we take ad­van­tage of the situation.

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