Miner teachers school children importance of road safety

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THE Porgera Joint Venture has again stressed to school children the importance of road safety along the Porgera-Laiagam highway.
PJV community relations and engagement manager Meck Minnala addressed students at the Tumundan Primary School along the highway to hand over the prize for one of the winners of the road safety poster competition it organised last year following a road safety awareness programme conducted in six primary schools from Laiagam to Tumundan.
Students were encouraged to participate in the competition depicting messages and issues on road safety.
The winner at Tumundan was Thomas Paul. Other winners were Simon Jackson (of Pokalip school), Jackobeth Andrew, Samuel David and Rebecca Moses (of Koemale), Mathius Fergie and Wilson Kevin (of Kasap), Nancy Puluk (of Yakenda), and Rebecca Amos, Kevin Lote, Jalyne Ronald and Prisila John (of Aiyak).
Each winner was awarded a K200 stationery shopping voucher. Their schools received consolation prizes consisting of stationery and sporting equipment.
Minnala reminded the students of the dangers of playing on the road. He said large trucks carrying mine supplies, including dangerous goods, used the road daily.
“Sometimes drivers may be tired, intoxicated or have other things on their minds and will not concentrate on their driving and this can lead to accidents,” he said.
“Do not assume that a driver sees everything in front of him when driving. Stay clear off the road and follow rules when crossing.”