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Thousands of Traffic Offenders Cited in Police and LTA Joint Operation

With a special unit of 180 Police and Land Transport Authority (LTA) officers as well as strategically placed speed cameras, a major effort on road safety has now completed its
04 Jan 2017 12:06
Thousands of Traffic Offenders Cited in Police and LTA Joint Operation
Police and LTA officers monitoring traffic recently. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

With a special unit of 180 Police and Land Transport Authority (LTA) officers as well as strategically placed speed cameras, a major effort on road safety has now completed its third week. This was according to LTA’s acting chief executive officer, Aptniko Vaurasi.

Mr Vaurasi said speeding still topped the list of traffic offences recorded from the operation, but commended the tireless efforts of the LTA officers in preventing ‘road accidents waiting to happen.’

“Apart from the latest accident, our officers have reported quite a number of cases where drivers were caught under the influence of alcohol and from Day One, we have been urging road users to exercise more responsibility behind the wheels,” he said.

According to Director of Traffic Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra, more than 1000 traffic infringement notices have been issued since the joint stint began.

“There are about 40 cases of drinking and driving whilst majority of these traffic offences are speeding,” SSP Mishra said.

Director Mishra said all traffic Police officers were also be on the road during the New Year’s festivities, apart from those involved in the joint operation.

“We want to urge road users to think of other people’s safety and avoid getting behind the wheel when drunk or fatigued,” SSP Mishra said.

Mr Vaurasi added that apart from the operation all speed cameras were also fully operational and a total of 11,660 TINs have been issued for the month of December alone.

The speed cameras, located at Kinoya, Nabua and Samabula; Lami, Naboro and Navesi, as well as Queens Road from Sigatoka to Lautoka and on Kings Road from Vitogo, Tuvu, Manoca and Nakasi, close to Nausori, have resulted in 177,149 speeding notices issued since 2013, when they were first established.

A total of 52 deaths on our roads have been recorded for the year 2016 compared to 65 fatalities in 2015 and none so far for 2017.

The LTA and Police joint operation ceases on January 15 and the Authority wishes all road users a safe 2017.

Source: Land Transport Authority

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