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West Has 56% Of Road Deaths

Most of the road deaths so far this year took place in the Western Division, which has now seen the Fiji Police Force increasing its operations along the major highways.
12 Dec 2016 11:00
West Has 56% Of Road Deaths
Sgt Letia Ratoto of Sabeto Police station checks a vehicle at one of the snap roadblocks on Saturday night. Photo: Police Media Cell

Most of the road deaths so far this year took place in the Western Division, which has now seen the Fiji Police Force increasing its operations along the major highways.

Director of Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said statistics showed the Western Division recorded 56 per cent of road fatalities to date, with 29 of the 52 deaths.

Traffic operations have been beefed up to avoid further loss of life.

On Saturday night, a heavy Police presence was noted along the Queens Highway between Lautoka and Nadi with strictly controlled checkpoints.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, who was at the Sabeto junction checkpoint, between Lautoka and Nadi, around 11.30pm, said the force was sending out a clear message to motorists against driving under the influence of alcohol and those who use the night to drive without a valid driving licence.

“Traffic operations have intercepted drivers who were acting in a suspicious manner only to find out they were either trying to hide the fact that they were drunk, or driving illegally and without a licence,” SSP Mishra said.

A general check along the busy Western Highway again noted worrying pedestrian behaviour despite several pleas to take safety issues seriously.

“To date 21 of the 52 victims were pedestrians, 11 of which were as a result of the behaviour of pedestrians,” SSP Mishra said.

“Safety precautions such as not wearing bright coloured clothing, being drunk and walking on the road, the use of earphones and listening to music and crossing at the front of a bus are habits that can still be seen and is a great concern.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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