Safety on roads all our re­spon­si­bil­ity So let’s sup­port LTA and Po­lice

Fiji Sun - - Comment - NE­MANI DE­LAIBATIKI

The bat­tles that the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity fights daily to help keep our roads safe are fought on mul­ti­ple fronts.

Among the chal­lenges that they face are mo­torists who show that they sim­ply do not care by the way they be­have be­hind the wheel and how they main­tain their ve­hi­cles.

And then they have to keep an eye on pas­sen­ger be­hav­iour. The lat­est ex­am­ple was a bus be­ing rocked from side to side by stu­dents. LTA or Po­lice of­fi­cers can­not be ex­pected to be ev­ery­where. No one was at the scene to stop the stu­pid­ity.

Now the LTA plans to come up with a pol­icy to deal with stu­dent be­hav­iour on buses.

It is about time be­cause sooner or later some­one will get hurt. But, as we all know, this is not just the LTA or Po­lice re­spon­si­bil­ity.

It is all our re­spon­si­bil­ity. The stu­dents in­volved in the lat­est bus in­ci­dent come from fam­i­lies and they have par­ents and guardians.

Par­ents and guardians are re­spon­si­ble in teach­ing and in­still­ing dis­ci­pline in their chil­dren. They are legally re­spon­si­ble for those un­der-18. Even when the chil­dren turn 18 the par­ents and guardians should con­tinue to show their love and sup­port by ad­vis­ing them.

Ul­ti­mately, crunch time comes when the chil­dren are out there on their own, away from home. The real test is whether they don’t suc­cumb to peer pres­sure. But stud­ies have shown that chil­dren who are well taught at home stand low risks of get­ting into trou­ble. It is easy to point a fin­ger at the LTA or the Po­lice when things go wrong but let’s all en­sure we do ev­ery­thing we can to help them and pre­vent trou­ble.

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