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250 To 350 Booked Daily For Speeding, Says LTA Boss

  Over-speeding continues to be an issue of concern to the relevant authorities with an average of 250 to 350 drivers booked for speeding every day. Land Transport Authority chief
01 Aug 2017 14:50
250 To 350 Booked Daily  For Speeding,  Says LTA Boss
The Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Carmine Piantedosi (front, third from left), Director Traffic for the Fiji Police Force Senior Superintendent Mahesh Mishra (front, fourth from left) with other Police officers and graduates in Labasa on July 28, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago

 

Over-speeding continues to be an issue of concern to the relevant authorities with an average of 250 to 350 drivers booked for speeding every day.

Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Carmine Piantedosi made the comment at the closing of the Motorcyclist Course in Labasa last Friday.

Mr Piantedosi said drivers were ignorant of the campaigns and efforts made to reduce over-speeding.

“There has been no difference made in the past years, I break down the numbers per day and I see that the number of infringement notices for speeding has not changed,” Mr Piantedosi said.

Mr Piantedosi said they (LTA) were engaged for over a month now in an operation with the Fiji Police Force to narrow down on road users who breach road rules.

“We have had a campaign to inform people that our enforcement officers are out there but it has not changed their attitude. They continue to be caught speeding,” he said.

“The number per day that have been booked down for speeding has been between 250 and 350 offenders.

“Then you think that over that period of time, people would be aware of the campaign that they would think twice of over-speeding; but they’re not taking heed.

Mr Piantedosi said the authority was also looking at options to make roads safer for users, by reviewing the penalties.

Similar sentiments were shared by the Police Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra who said that speeding caused most road fatalities in the country.

He has also called on road users to be more alert when they were driving.

“We are pleading with all road users to drive safely; rather than having to regret that their ignorance had caused a death,” SSP Mishra said.

“Take heed of all road safety awareness and please do your part. Government is committed to have more sealed roads, users should take heed and play their part,’ he said.

“We will increase our visibility and our enforcement, however communities need to play their part.”

Meanwhile, a total of 15 police officers graduated from the recent Motorcyclist Course in Labasa.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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