Friday, October 21, 2011

Road accidents cause many more lives

Source: yutok, Post Courier, Friday October 21; 2011
IT intrigues me how much hype is given to aircraft accidents than to road accidents that cost many more lives.
It may be because an airplane costs much more than a land vehicle.
But than, the value of a life lost through an air accident is just as important as a loss of life through a land vehicle accident.
I wish the type and manner of investigations accorded to aircraft accidents were the same as road accidents.
The head-on collision between two 25 seater PMV buses in the Markham Valley of Morobe Province in January 2010 that cost 40 lives and hospitalised 18 others, surely would have warranted an aviation type investigation.
The only hype created here that was of real significance to the public was the graphic pictures of the accident on the front pages of the dailies, and that was that.
There are many more lives lost through road accidents than through air accidents, either reported or not reported in the country.
The point I am trying to raise is when will bodies like the National Road Safety Council become more stringent in carrying out road accident investigations as in aircraft accident investigations so that our roads will be much safer to use by all Papua New Guineans.

A Buassi
Morobe province

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