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14 Teachers On Arrest List

14 Teachers On Arrest List
October 27
12:39 2017

The arrests of 14 teachers in the last four months for cases of drink-driving have alarmed Police.

“If teachers are involved, what are the messages we are sending out to our children?” Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho queried.

Latest statistics from the Fiji Police Force showed that seven military officers, one Fiji Corrections Services officer and a member of the Police Force are also among the 325 taken off the road for drink-driving.

“Every day now, for the last four months, we have been taking people off the roads for drink-driving; not a day has gone without a drink-driving case.

“These are the people we rely on to assist the Fiji Police Force and the Land Transport Authority to keep our roads safe.”

Over 80 per cent of the drivers arrested were aged between 21 and 50; an alarming number considering that the age group makes up the bulk of the working class in Fiji.

“The numbers are alarming. People who we expect to be in the mature group are some of the biggest abusers of our road rules,” he said.

In July this year, 76 drivers were arrested for driving over the legal alcohol limit. The figure dropped to 45 in August. The number nearly tripled in September to 112 drivers, meaning Police arrested at least two drivers a day in the three months. It has so far dropped to 92 this month.

Sixteen drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 were also arrested in that period. While 20 drivers, including senior citizens, were between the ages of 51 and 70.

With the festive period fast-approaching, the rise in the number of cases of drink-driving presents an additional headache to Police.

However, the Commissioner is determined to find a quick solution to a problem that has fatal consequences.

Brigadier-General Qiliho added: “We are pleading with the public to be more mature about road usage; otherwise we will continue to have increasing numbers in road fatalities and accidents.”

Figures supplied by Fiji Police Force:

JULY TO OCTOBER, 2017

TOTAL NUMBER OF DRINK AND DRIVE ARRESTED325

BREAKDOWN:

JULY – 76

AUGUST – 45

SEPTEMBER – 112

OCTOBER – 92

TOTAL – 325

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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