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Road watch

Dawn Gibson
Monday, December 24, 2012

THE high number of accidents that occur within the Suva-Nausori corridor is the reason behind the constant presence of police traffic officers on the busy highway.

These were the sentiments of director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra in response to claims that the traffic department was solely a money-making enterprise.

"For the last six months, a total of 136 serious accidents have been recorded, 39 per cent of which occurred within the Suva-Nausori corridor," he said in a statement yesterday.

"The statistics of serious accidents speak volumes as to why their operations are focusing in this area.

"Statistics also show that the Western Division recorded 43 per cent of the total serious accidents over the last six month, which is why traffic operations have mainly focused within these two divisions."

SSP Mishra said there was no hidden agenda behind their operations.

"We don't have any other motive for beefing up our presence within these areas, as statistics clearly show that motorists continue to disregard road rules.

"We must continue to work throughout this festive season, which is why you'll see more of us on the roads," said SSP Mishra.