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Officer bemoans road safety

By LITIA MATHEWSELL The second day of ‘Operation Blitz’ recorded a staggering 381 traffic offences in the Western Division as of 6pm yesterday. Director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh
14 Oct 2012 09:03

Operation Blitz has recorded 381 traffic offences in the Western Division yesterday.

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

The second day of ‘Operation Blitz’ recorded a staggering 381 traffic offences in the Western Division as of 6pm yesterday.
Director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said their records included all categories of drivers and they were particularly upset to note the inclusion of public service vehicle (PSV) drivers and habitual offenders.
The operation recorded 198 cases of speeding, 61 of careless driving, 17 of non-conforming seatbelts, 105 illegal operations and six arrests for drink and driving offenses.
SSP Mishra said they had a busy night along the Martinatar and Namaka route in Nadi on Friday evening, where the bulk of their drink-driving offences were recorded, with much of their overall records noted along the Ba to Lautoka and Nadi to Sigatoka stretches.
SSP Mishra is reiterating calls for drunk drivers to find alternative responsible drivers to transport them.
“Those drivers who drink need to be responsible because their drink-driving is not only a risk to themselves but for other motorists and pedestrians as well.
“Drink-driving will also seriously affect their driving skills and judgment and we want to see that all motorists have a safe environment on the road, which is our main objective,’’ he said.
SSP Mishra said it was sad to note that regular minibus and taxi drivers have become high-risk drivers and have failed to practice skills learned in their defencive driving courses.
“The Police will be vigilant with the Land Transport Authority in ensuring that appropriate action is taken against habitual offenders,’’ he warned.




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