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Division gets red zone classification

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 25, 2013

THE six road deaths so far this year in the west has resulted in the division being declared a red zone for the three-month period ending on April 21.

Addressing Land Transport Authority enforcement officers and traffic police officers in Lautoka this week, Director traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said authorities were concerned with the rate of road fatalities in the division.

He called on the officers to be more committed and work together in the best interest of the people to make roads more safe to travel.

SSP Mishra said the deaths recorded in such a short period should sound a warning for the officers to reassess their work attitudes.

"Why did these six deaths occur? That is what we should be asking of ourselves," SSP Mishra said.

"This has forced us to declare the west a red zone.

"We need to beef up our operations to ensure road accidents in the west are reduced or wiped out completely."

SSP Mishra asked the officers three questions: "Can we keep our word? Can people trust us? Are we ethically solid in our work?

"If we answer these questions in the affirmative then we should be able to stop these accidents from happening.

"The six deaths in the division should be an indication that there is a need to strengthen our operations and make our roads safe."

Eight police and LTA vehicles will be used to monitor roads from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.