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‘Killer Drivers’ Live Among Us

Let’s get these idiots off our roads permanently! A driver clocked 190 traffic infringements and was suspended three times before he killed a person on our roads. The offences included
18 Feb 2016 13:22
‘Killer Drivers’ Live Among Us
Scenes from fatal car accidents earlier this year.

Let’s get these idiots off our roads permanently!

A driver clocked 190 traffic infringements and was suspended three times before he killed a person on our roads.

The offences included speeding and reckless driving.

Another driver committed 42 similar offences before killing another in a fatal crash.

They were two of the worst cases in 2014.

Last year, a driver with 61 offences hit a pedestrian who later died from injuries.

A driver who recorded 62 offences and was suspended from driving seven times crashed and lost his life.

In another case, a pedestrian was killed. The offending driver had earlier committed 91 offences.

Statistics obtained by the Fiji Sun show an alarming trend. “Killer Drivers” had a history of reckless driving. The repeat offenders had openly defied warnings and flouted traffic laws.

The issue is causing serious concern and attention at the highest levels of Government, Police and Land Transport Authority.

“Corrupt” Land Transport Department staff have been blamed for allowing these dangerous drivers to continue driving on our roads.

This year, another passenger lost his life and it was later revealed that the driver had 14 traffic infringements. This is just a tip of the iceberg. Out of 82 drivers regarded as responsible for fatal  accidents since 2014, only eight had not been previously caught for speeding, reckless driving or other traffic offences.

Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said he agreed that many of these drivers should not have been allowed on the roads, yet, “corrupt” officers renewed their licences. This meant that they were free to drive on the roads, continue with their reckless behaviour and ultimately are involved in fatal crashes.

Another problem was a large number of provisional licence holders involved in accidents.

Acting Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, and Defence and National Security Minister Timoci Natuva have also raised concerns about the increasing road fatalities in Fiji.

He said that more officers will be posted to the traffic control department.

Director traffic control Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra said his officers were also traumatised when attending accident scenes and when they have to reach out to families of those who lost their lives in accidents.

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