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LTA ends successful Red Zone operation

By Jyoti Pratibha The Land Transport Authority ended their Red Zone Operation along the Sigatoka, Ba corridor last Friday. LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said this was the third
22 Oct 2012 10:44

By Jyoti Pratibha

The Land Transport Authority ended their Red Zone Operation along the Sigatoka, Ba corridor last Friday.
LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said this was the third phase of the operation that started on the 19 September.
“Our strategy is to stay focus on our objective and that is to be there on the road to keep it safe. The task that we do daily is to provide safer roads, ensure safer vehicles are used on the roads, keep a close watch on driver behaviour and attitude and most importantly that we maintain our consistency on those factors.” said Mr Tuinaceva.
The red zone operation was an enforcement operation conducted at locations or area that is prone to accidents, understood as black spots.
Between Sigatoka and Ba there were a high number of offences booked daily and LTA attributes this as a sign their efforts were working.
“The increasing number of offences recorded from this corridor is unbelievable. At certain times we receive more then a thousand bookings along this corridor and that is off course a great concern. Simple offences such as fail to produce driver’s licence, common offences like fail to wear seat belts are just reoccurring daily. We maintain that we will come down hard on those who are frequent offenders who actually don’t comply with the laws.” said Mr. Tuinaceva.
From the statistics received, speeding of motor vehicle had always topped the list with careless driving, dangerous driving, seat belts are the few that are on the top and are also frequent offences that occur daily.
Mr. Tuinaceva said that the LTA would not tolerate those drivers that have discarded the traffic laws and have not made any effort to comply with the rules and continue to break the law.
“We are introducing harsher and heavy penalties to be a deterrent factor to minimise continued offences done daily. We want to inform the public that LTA is not going to rest on its laurels or become too complacent on our enforcement operations.
Behaviour must be taught through punishment if they are unable to take this seriously and we will make that materialise.” said Mr Tuinaceva.
From the recent third phase of the Red Zone Operation, LTA had issued 2204 traffic infringement notices to traffic offenders, 2907 defect orders to defective vehicles that had major and minor defects on their vehicles and had impounded 194 vehicles that were expired or were unfit to be on the road due to deteriorating mechanical conditions.

“It is our dream and vision that LTA will continue to build stronger relationships and create more bonding with our stakeholders because we conduct our service on behalf of Government and for the people of Fiji. We will redress our strategies form here since there is more to be done as we approach Christmas and New Year. The message
we want convey to these drivers is to be responsible drivers and maintain focus on Road Safety through out,” said Mr. Tuinaceva.




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