Road Safety

Working to improve road safety

A total of 140 participants recently took part in road safety workshops in Goroka, Eastern Highlands and Arawa in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. 

The Papua New Guinea Department of Works & Infrastructure delivered the workshops as part of the 2019 UN Global Road Safety Week with support from the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership and the Road Traffic Authority (RTA).

Asi calls on drivers to be careful

A vehicle crashed head on with a PMV truck, Sunamist that was travelling to Rigo, Central Province.

Reports stated that the truck hit the smaller vehicle while it was trying to avoid a pothole.

According to the driver of the Camry, he was rushing his wife to the hospital when he tried to avoid the larger truck.

Unfortunately, he turned too late, resulting in the truck crashing into them.

Asi said this accident was avoidable, if the drivers of both vehicles had been careful.

Country with the highest number of accidents

25,189 accidents were recorded between 1992 and 2002 in Papua New Guinea.

The National Road Safety Authority CEO, Nelson Terema, revealed this today during the launching of Puma Energy’s one week road safety campaign, held a few kilometres away from Port Moresby.

Terema said the 10-year statistics was for year ending 2002, and expects an increase in the last four years.

He added that motor vehicle injuries total 2,189, from 25,189 accidents recorded.

O’Neill: Please take care on roads

"Christmas is a time of love and joy, but in countries right around the world it can also be a time when behaviour can get out of hand,” PM O’Neill said.

“The reports that we have received from police districts suggest that people are enjoying the festive season in the true spirit of Christmas.

“I am confident that we will continue to see people around Papua New Guinea celebrate the festive season with respect for their communities.”