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Hefty accident costs

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ROAD accidents in Fiji cost the economy between $30million and $40million annually.

This was revealed by the police traffic director SSP Mahesh Mishra.

"There have also been calls for us to change speed limits, however, that is something beyond our control and drivers must learn to follow these or face the consequences of their actions," he said.

Police statistics show more passengers than pedestrians were road death victims last year. Of the 37 road deaths this year, 14 were passengers, 12 were pedestrians and 11 were drivers.

Most deaths — 18 — were of people between the ages of 21 and 40.

"The majority of the victims were between the ages of 21 and 50, those deemed to be in their productive years," SSP Mishra said.

Police also found the largest number of road fatalities — eight — were recorded on Saturdays.

This was followed by six fatalities recorded on Thursdays.

Only two fatalities were recorded on Tuesdays while three were recorded on Fridays.

"The laws and regulations governing our roads are very simple and easy to understand, however, if people cannot follow them then it begs the question as to how they would be capable of following other laws," SSP Mishra said.

He also requested drivers and pedestrians alike to play their part and help make the roads safer.





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