The National, Thursday August 1st, 2013
By JAMES APA GUMUNO
THE Western Highlands provincial administration is taking the lead in the road safety awareness.
Provincial administrator Joseph Neng launched the “Never Forget Road Safety” awareness campaign yesterday at the Mt Hagen traffic registry office.
It was witnessed by officers from the Motor Vehicle Insurance Ltd, traffic registry, police highway patrol, Transport and lands departments, plus representatives of Ela Motors, Boroko Motors, Hagen Motorist Centre and PNG Motors.
Neng said there were too many road accidents in the province claiming lives.
He said such awareness was important to educate the drivers how to drive responsibly and avoid accidents.
“This needs the collective effort from authorities such as the National Road Safety Council, MVIL, police, car dealers and workshops that issue normally safety stickers,” Neng said.
He said as the population and mining activities increased in the highlands region, more vehicles and trucks were brought into the province.
He said to prevent fatal accidents, all drivers must know about road safety.
He said many fatal accidents in the province could have been avoided if drivers had driven with care and consideration for others.
“Many accidents are caused by drivers through their own negligence and reckless driving,” he said.
He said there were no proper checks when driving licences were issued.
Executive officer of the governor Berry Rua urged the traffic registry office to stop issuing licenses to under-aged youths.