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Police warn against careless road users

Police warn against careless road users
April 22
12:28 2018

A 49-year-old man was rushed to CWM Hospital after he was involved in an accident on Scott Street, in Suva, on Friday.

This was confirmed by Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio to the Fiji Sun yesterday.

It is alleged that the man stepped out onto the road unexpectedly and was hit by an on-coming vehicle. The incident occurred at around midday in front of Village 6 Cinema.

Inspector Qio said the man identified as Anand Prasad, sustained injuries on his head and is under observation at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) ward.

Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu wants all relevant units in the Fiji Police Force to be on their toes as Police try to combat the rapid rise in road fatalities in the first four months of 2018.

“We have already surpassed the numbers compared to the same period last year.  Police needs to address the issue of safety on our roads aggressively with drivers, pedestrians and other road users,” he said.

“To all road users your safety and security on the road begins with you. If you allow yourself to be reckless and inconsiderate when using the road you are not only putting yourself in a vulnerable situation, other road users are at risk because of your carelessness.”

The road death toll currently stands at 16 compared to 15 for the same period last year.

Mr Tudravu had also advised all students to be extra careful with the beginning of the first term school holidays.

“To all students enjoy your holidays and remember the road is not your playground. Let us look out for one another,” he said.

Meanwhile, Police are still investigating the particulars of an accident that claimed the lives of three people at Batiri, along the Queens Highway between Sigatoka and Nadi last Thursday.

This was confirmed by Police Media Officer West Wame Buatolu.

He said they had earlier confirmed that there were three fatalities in the accident but had not received any reports of the fourth fatality.

Mr Buatolu said the driver who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol would be brought in for questioning. Attempts to get hold of the three victim’s family members to comment remained unsuccessful when this edition went to press.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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