Inconsiderate road usage growing: Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, says inconsiderate use of the nation's roads has grown out of control as he urged the public to drive respectfully. 

Tuilaepa said the public needed to be reminded that roads are Government assets built for everyone, during an interview with the 2AP radio station. 

The Prime Minister said examples of inconsiderate road usage included drivers who compound traffic on the road by deliberately driving slowly for funerals, weddings and other events. 

"When these people go on the road with so many other cars from the same family, they tend to take their time. I do now know why," he said.

"This is where mutual respect should come into play because it is your families funeral and yet, it is holding up everyone else who are going about their business on the roads.

"Other people have things to do, like catching planes and such. This is why when we go on the roads, we need to be considerate, and not take your time to talk and drive."

He also touched upon the queue of wedding vehicles that sometimes hold up the public roads. 

Tuilaepa said he first encountered slow moving wedding convoys during a 1970 trip  Noumea, where only two cars follow behind the couple's car.

"Until it got to Samoa, it does not stop at two vehicles, but sometimes up to 20 vehicles, holding up traffic, taking their time; it would not have mattered if they went normal speed," he said.

Church activities that cause traffic on public roads are not exempted from the list, Tuilaepa added.

Tuilaepa also said he himself has also found himself in a situation where a Police Sargent put on his uniform and blocked one side of the road for his church's march on the road.

"This is abuse of power," he said.

"Leaders of the Church [should be] responsible to make sure the marches are away from the roads where cars are supposed to go."

He reiterated the need for everyone to be considerate of others when using public roads, instead of being prideful and show offs.

"When travelling on the roads, there needs to be mutual respect and be mindful of others who are also using the public roads," said Tuilaepa.

"The public roads are Government property for everyone and not road for your gang."

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