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‘The Road Deaths’

Fiji Police Force will be using unmarked vehicles for traffic surveillance during this festive season, says a top officer. Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said the decision
20 Dec 2018 10:00
‘The Road Deaths’
Fire officers at the scene where the three-vechicle collided at Nabou in Nadroga earlier this year. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji Police Force will be using unmarked vehicles for traffic surveillance during this festive season, says a top officer.

Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra said the decision to use unmarked vehicles has one goal – to help prevent further deaths on our roads.

Latest Police traffic statistics have indicated that 66 people have so far died on our roads this year.annual fatality 07_18

This was the result of 50 fatal road accidents in which multiple lives have been lost.causes of accidents

Compared to 2017, 70 people lost their lives on our roads.

“We will use unmarked vehicles to ensure that drivers know, at any given time, any Police officer could be around them, monitoring their behaviour on our roads,” Mr Mishra said.

“The vehicles will not have the normal Government registration plates and neither will it have a Fiji Police Force sign on it. This is a step we have taken to ensure that lives are not lost.”

Sixty-six people had lost their lives this time last year, which rose to 70 after four more road deaths were recorded in the second half of December 2017.

Without any surprise, Mr Mishra revealed that speeding continued to be the main reason behind the fatal road accidents.

So far, speeding led to 32 deaths, 15 were related to drunk driving, six people died after pedestrians were found to be at fault while four deaths were a direct result of accidents resulting from driver fatigue.

Mr Mishra said a detailed analysis of accidents over the past 10 years revealed that most people died during accidents that took place on a Saturday.

For the last two years, 66 people who died on our roads were between the ages of 21 to 40. Most people who have died on our roads have been in this age category, which means that a significant number from our productive workforce have perished in road accidents.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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