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Authorities preach about road safety

December 31
12:00 2008

Written By : Emele Tabucala. Officers from the Land Transport Authority, police and the National Road Safety Council have urged road users to be wise and responsible in 2009.
LTA chief executive officer Etuate Koroi has warned drivers and passengers to use seatbelts and that drivers should know all the road symbols and signs.
He said it was the duty of the road authorities to ensure that the public was safe especially when there were many new year parties held..
“We are very much concerned about the public awareness and that is the main cause of the joint operation just to promote awareness on the public about their safety on the roads,’’ he said.
“We need the people to support us and to help us in our operation so that we can have a free road accident new year.”
He said there were a number of police and LTA officers at checkpoints along the Suva-Nausori corridor during Christmas and there would be more this week to check on default vehicles and careless drivers.
Mr Koroi said he had received many fare increase applications from taxi associations and the bus operators.
Deputy Director Traffic Mahesh Mishra said the most common traffic offence in 2008 was smoking in vehicles, not wearing seat belts and 28,000 cases of speeding. Mr Mishra said the 28,000 cases gave a vivid picture of the type of drivers in the country.
“Many drivers were booked 10 to 20 times for the same offence either for over speeding or careless driving but they continue repeating the offence,’’ he said.
“LTA officers and Traffic police officers always catch these careless drivers along the Suva-Nausori corridor.
“The corridor is the busiest and we expect drivers to be more cautious.
“Some drivers take advantage of the better road condition not realising that the improvement of the road was meant for the development of the country.’

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