WITH the new school term just a week away, police operations are focusing on ensuring the usual back-to-school rush is well contained.
Fiji Police Force spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police hoped the school year had a good start for everyone.
Ms Naisoro said as expected, shoppers flocked to major towns and cities to prepare themselves for the new school year and police had been directed to keep tabs on criminal elements who may want to take advantage of not only shoppers but business operators.
"With a lot of movement in the coming week, motorists are being urged to take all precautionary measures and be vigilant at all times," she said.
"We want to avoid any accidents involving children ahead of term one.
"This also applies for when school starts next week as our children will be travelling to and from school.
"They have a tendency to be easily distracted while out on our roads or on board public transport.
"We need drivers to be extra alert near school zones and in particular in and around densely populated areas."
Ms Naisoro said police were also anticipating an influx of people from outer islands as they returned from the festive break.
She advised parents and guardians to spend time with their children to discuss the start of the new school year and talk about safety issues.
"This should be particularly so for those going to school for the first time. We are also requesting parents and guardians to encourage their children to seek the advice of a teacher or police officer if they encounter any situation in and outside of school hours."