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Ten booked for drinking, driving

By FONUA TALEI ‘Drink and drive’ has been a major concern in traffic infringement bookings apart from the biggest road killer, speeding. The Police said 10 drivers were taken in
29 Oct 2012 12:20

By FONUA TALEI

‘Drink and drive’ has been a major concern in traffic infringement bookings apart from the biggest road killer, speeding.
The Police said 10 drivers were taken in on Saturday night alone for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The bookings were made in the Western Division as Police Operation Blitz continues.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the bookings were in addition to the 22 recorded since Operation Blitz began on October 11.
She said the figures showed there were still was a “blatant disregard for road rules and that some drivers are still selfishly putting the lives of others at risk.”
“A driver was arrested last night (Saturday) after he failed a breathalyser test and tried to run away from traffic officers. Following a five minute chase by our officers the driver was arrested and taken in for questioning. Drivers need serious attitude adjustments as they are putting the lives of others at great risk and not taking into consideration the impacts getting into an accident would also have on their families,” Ms Naisoro said.
She said traffic infringement notices from the operation for the period October 11 – 24 showed –
•    speeding cases at 885,
•    failure to comply with seat belt regulation 43,
•    careless driving 156,
•    illegal operation 332,
•    driving without licence 15,
•    other offences totaling 169 bookings.
“The emotional and physical impacts an accident causes are insurmountable and people still do not realise the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car when their judgment is affected by alcohol. All traffic officers are working around the clock to ensure our roads are safe especially in the Western Division. That continues to be a concern for the Fiji Police Force where the highest numbers of road fatalities occur almost on an annual basis,” she said.
Operation Blitz continues in the Western Division.




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