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70 Deaths Highest In Decade: Tudravu

70 Deaths Highest  In Decade: Tudravu
Samuela Koroi (left) and Aisake Mila with their trophy and certificate as best trainees during Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD) graduation ceremony on December 11, 2018. Photo:Ronald Kumar.
January 02
14:52 2018

The 70 road fatalities recorded in 2017 is the highest number of road deaths in the past decade, says Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu.

Since 2008 the 70 fatalities recorded last year is the highest number of road deaths recorded by far – 10 more when compared to the year 2016.

“As we begin a new year we are optimistic that people will adopt a change of attitude about road safety,” ACP Tudravu said.

Based on the statistics, Mr Tudravu said both the drivers and pedestrians had an equal role to play on road safety, which had been emphasised many times.

“Speeding continues to be a major area of concern despite the repeated calls to adhere to the national speed limit set out by authorities,” he said.

“The number of traffic infringement notices issued to drivers clearly indicates a blatant disregard for the law, which needs to change if we are to avoid road accidents and fatalities this year.”

He said this was evident during the first 15-day period of ‘Operation Yalodei’ where more than 1700 speeding infringement notices were issued to drivers throughout the country.

“We urge members of the public not to look at the work of our traffic officers whether they are conducting random brethalysyer checks or radar operations as an obstacle to their travel plans,” Mr Tudravu said.

“But do know this, the officers are conducting their work to help keep you safe and reinforce the issue of road safety.

“Only when we are able to work together, only then will we be able to prevent injury and loss of life on our roads.”

Source: Fiji Police Force

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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