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31 Road Deaths Worry LTA

The Land Transport Authority will be doing more awareness and outreach programmes in the next four months after the number of deaths on Fiji roads reached 31 this year. This
21 Aug 2014 20:49
31 Road Deaths Worry LTA
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The Land Transport Authority will be doing more awareness and outreach programmes in the next four months after the number of deaths on Fiji roads reached 31 this year. This compares to 22 for the same period last year.

The nine extra deaths have got the Land Transport Authority worried, especially towards the end of the year, when many accidents occur.

The authority is taking a very proactive approach and at the same time drastic measures will be imposed on road and traffic violators.

LTA spokesperson, IliesaSokia said their awareness and outreach teams would be visiting major towns and cities in the Western region. They plan to have at least a minute of one- on- one ‘driver intervention’ cessions and hand over road safety fliers or brochures.

“A fulltime outreach team has already been deployed to Sigatoka and will be out to monitor speeding along the Malawai, Lololo and Nabou areas. The team is expected to be reinforced with some Police officers,” Mr Sokia said.

“Concentration will also be set up in Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and right up to Rakiraki. Drivers and motorists shall expect 24- hour surveillance from the LTA and the road marshalls.”

The LTA is once again pleading with motorists to drive within the regulated national speed limit. Statistics reveal that twenty out of the 31 deaths were caused by over-speeding.

“Four were attributed to pedestrian at fault, two on mechanical defect, two on drink and drive and two are caused by other means,” Mr Sokia said.

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