By GLEN SCOTT
NRL STAR Neville Costigan has urged all PMV drivers in PNG to register for the MVIL PMV Driver Competition which was launched on February 1. Costigan was present as campaign patron for the official launch of the competition at the MVIL office in Port Moresby on February 1. Up until February 26 MVIL offices around the country are the locations to register and will give drivers a once in a lifetime chance to attend the 2010 NRL Grand Final. Drivers also automatically receive a special limited edition players shirt emblazoned with the campaign logo - 'Road Safety- it's Not a Game.'
St George Illawarra star forward Costigan met registering drivers at the MVIL office in Port Moresby.
"This is a big step in the right direction and I hope drivers across the country get behind the competition," said Costigan.
"The NRL is huge in PNG so this is an massive opportunity for every driver who enters. It is great encouragement for safe driving, but the most important encouragement should be the chance to help save lives and prevent accidents. I hope there are a huge number of entries all over the country during February."
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.
"These devices are needed in PNG to further discourage drivers from doing the wrong thing. They have certainly been effective in Australia and bringing them to PNG will hopefully make drivers think twice before speeding and drink driving," said Costigan.
Those PMV drivers interested are advised to register quickly from now 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.