THE second phase of the Operation Red Zone in the Western Division has seen the issuance of 464 traffic infringement notices (TIN), 201 defect notices and 13 vehicles being impounded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
LTA spokesman Alfred Wiliame said recent fatal accidents in the West over the past few weeks that claimed three lives had forced the authority to resume with the second red zone operation.
He said teams had been deployed to various parts of the division in an attempt to increase visibility and reduce road fatalities.
"The teams are aware of the fatalities and despite the many road operations and safety awareness programs, it is sad to see accidents happening on our roads," Mr Wiliame said.
"In just 26 days since the commencement of the second phase red zone operation, we have issued a total of 679 notices which include the TINs, impounded vehicles and defect orders," he said.
"This reflects drivers' attitudes towards road usage and disregarding the many road safety awareness campaigns being carried out in schools, communities and along the main road for the past few months," he added.
Mr Wiliame said despite drivers' continued failure to take heed of advice, the LTA remained optimistic that attitudes could change and awareness programs would continue to be conducted in an attempt to make Fiji's roads safe for its users.
"Despite the many bookings, impounding of vehicles and suspension of drivers licences, it is unfortunate that some people just refuse to learn."