POLICE Director of Traffic Senior Superintendent (SSP) Mahesh Mishra has rubbished claims that traffic operations around the country are money-making exercises rather than for safety purposes.
SSP Mahesh Mishra was responding to allegations levelled against Operation Blitz in the Letters to the Editor column of this newspaper.
"Our men have been working around the clock to make our roads safer as we have lost too many lives because of road accidents and we are out there to protect and provide safety for everyone," SSP Mishra said.
"The Fiji Police Force as stakeholders of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety for 2011 to 2020 will do all it can for the sake of keeping our roads safe and prevent further loss of lives.
"Yes you'll see more of us over the coming weeks and months, and it's not because as stated by some that we are trying to make more money but to work in line with government's plan to improve road safety in the country.
"This is because if one refers to the accidents and fatalities recorded (so far) it doesn't just apply to certain days of the week, accidents can occur at any given time which is why we are out there in numbers."
A total of 1451 lives were lost to road accidents between 1992 to 2011.
"When you look back at the last decade (2001-2011), 678 fatalities were recorded on our roads, and we don't want this to be repeated over the next decade," he said.
The current road death toll stands at 37 compared to 46 of the same period last year.
He said as law enforcers, police officers are out there to ensure the laws are adhered to, which people must accept as they do not have the authority to change or make amendments to current legislations.