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Decline in road deaths

Salaseini Vosamana
Monday, December 24, 2012

TRAFFIC infringement has reduced in the Northern Division this year, says director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra.

He made the comment at the launch of the road safety initiative as part of the third phase of Operation Blitz in Labasa yesterday.

SSP Mishra said this was evident through the decrease in number of road fatalities reported in the region compared to last year.

"Last year, a total of four fatal accidents were reported in the north where five lives were claimed and this year, there were only two fatal accidents claiming four lives," he said.

"Traffic officers are working round-the-clock this festive season to ensure our roads are safe as we have lost too many lives because of road accidents.

"We want everyone to enjoy their Christmas and welcome the New Year with festivity."

SSP Mishra said the operation would target drivers who were driving without a licence, drinking and driving, speeding, overloading of vehicles and non-compliance of road safety rules. "This is a nationwide operation and we hope it will have an impact on drivers' lives and help them to become good road users," he said.

"We will not only be monitoring our roads but also look out for other criminal activities as it is bound to happen this festive season."

SSP Mishra said police would work closely with officers from the Land Transport Authority and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the operation was effective.

It was earlier reported a total of 1451 lives were lost to road accidents between 1992 and 2011.


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