By LEIGH BOIN
NRL STARS Neville Costigan and Paul Aiton have called for all PMV drivers to promptly register for the MVIL PMV Driver Competition once the registration period opens from 9 am Monday February 1, giving drivers a once in a lifetime chance to attend the 2010 NRL Grand Final.
And in a boost for the first day of registrations, St George Illawarra star forward Costigan will be in attendance as competition ambassador on Monday at MVIL's Port Moresby office.
"I am really looking forward the opportunity my involvement in the Road Safety campaign has presented," said Costigan.
"We know how important the NRL is to PNG and this competition is a great incentive for safe driving. I can't wait to witness day one firsthand and be involved with the first registering drivers."
While the beginning of the competition sees the introduction of speed radars and breathe testing units to PNG roads for the first time to enforce competition rules, testing and enforcement will not simply be limited to PMV drivers.
"In Australia these deterrents are part of our everyday life and I have strong belief their introduction now to PNG will make drivers consider the consequences of speeding and drink driving," said Costigan.
Both Costigan and Aiton believe these measures are long overdue but understand that while it's easy to take safety on the roads for granted in countries like Australia, they concede PNG has a long way to go and urge the public and media understand the evolutionary process that needs to stem from this campaign. Both point to a need for police to remain strict and education from a young age as two areas where the evolution can begin.
Costigan was also very quick to point out the other major safety issue on PMVs nationwide - overloading - and shared his thoughts on the prospect of being a passenger.
"I'd rather walk," he said.
"All PMV drivers need to get registered. Get your players shirt and bus signs. And get responsible so passengers can begin to feel safe again."
Those PMV drivers interested are advised to register quickly from February 1 at any MVIL traffic registry office or MVIL agency. Licensed PMV drivers will need to complete the "NRL DRIVERS COMPETITION" entry form and provide their license to be eligible to register in the competition. The application period closes strictly on February 26