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By ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
In an effort to address the issue of road safety, twenty Land Transport Authority officers and road marshalls have started walking along the Queens Road highway with the theme ‘speed shatters’.
LTA chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva said the walk started on Monday and the whole purpose of the campaign was for the officers and the road marshalls on the ground to meet and educate in an effort to spread the message of road safety.
The 20-member squad left Suva at 7am and as Mr. Tuinaceva spoke to the Fiji Sun yesterday, they have reached Nadroga. They are expected to walk along the Queens Highway and would be back in Suva at 5pm on Friday.
“The Road Marshall Club, our community voluntary arm, would be conducting the speed walk campaign around the country. We have decided to come out of our comfort zones and fight the war in the field, rather than just sitting from the office giving out advice.
“They are going to be handing out brochures to people that they meet during the speed walk, villagers, motorists and school children, this is another effort to create safety consciousness in schools, villages, and settlements along major roads,” Mr. Tuinaceva said.
He also said that check point have been set up between Sigatoka to Ba to track down drivers operating illegally.
“The police and LTA officers are camping in Navua and Nadi as part of the campaign, and all stakeholders including youth groups and community members are encouraged to join the team at their various road stretches.
“They have distributed stickers to school children; hand out brochures to villagers and drivers during the walk.
“With the assistance of police, a team would be conducting community awareness programmes in Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, and Tavua,” Mr Tuinaceva said.