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237,506 Traffic Offences Recorded In Nine Months

A total of 237,506 traffic in­fringement notices were issued by the Fiji Police Force from 6 am, January 1st, 2018 to 6 am, September 20th, 2018. Director Traffic Senior Superin­tendent
22 Sep 2018 12:17
237,506 Traffic Offences Recorded In Nine Months

A total of 237,506 traffic in­fringement notices were issued by the Fiji Police Force from 6 am, January 1st, 2018 to 6 am, September 20th, 2018.

Director Traffic Senior Superin­tendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said 44,816 drivers were charged for speeding during this period while 836 drunk and driving arrests were made.

He said they have recorded 56 con­firmed deaths on our roads com­pared to 48 for the same period last year.

“That is a huge number of speed­ing drivers that were caught, but the numbers of those travelling and of course we cannot be eve­rywhere full time and unfortu­nately these are the numbers,” SSP Mishra said.

“This is a worrying trend if you are talking about over speeding, but then the cycle of enforcement needs to be completed.”

He said there were repeat offend­ers, who were continuously disre­garding traffic laws, who needed to be taken to task.

“What matters is data collection and how we are utilising that data directly to the right enforcement.”

“We have an increase in drunk and driving arrests. With an increase in popu­lation, the driver popula­tion has also increased and the cost of the vehicle will increase.”

However, he said the attitude of young drivers was still the same.

He mentioned that very promi­nent and educated people were part of the drink and driving sta­tistic, which was a challenge to law enforcement authorities when it came to awareness.

SSP Mishra said majority of road fatalities this year were victims aged below 36 years old with years of driving experience and most held full driving licence.

“The fear of law or the fear of safety is not there until the time they are involved in an accident,” SSP Mishra said.

The highest number of road fatal­ity ever recorded in Fiji was 111 in 1996. Edited by Percy Kean

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