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Focus on offenders

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 04, 2013

DRIVERS found speeding and talking on their mobile phones while driving were among the frequent offenders caught during a joint operation by the Land Transport Authority and police over the weekend.

One of the major contributors of accidents on national roads, the offenders were taken to task during the operation carried out by LTA officials on Saturday.

"The most offences that we keep seeing with drivers are talking on mobile phones while driving and speeding," said LTA's west team leader Joji Suguturaga. "With prevalance of these offences it seems that motorists are not taking seriously the basic road safety rules.

"What is of most concern is the fact that drivers are still talking on their phones while driving.

"They do not understand the seriousness of this offence because when they are behind the wheel they do not realise that half of their concentration and attention is on the person they are talking to on the phone.

"Drivers know too well that all their attention should be on the road and their driving."

Mr Suguturaga said LTA and police officers would be out in numbers this week as they continue Operation Rainbow in the west.

"For about two weeks, officers have been monitoring the roads in the Western Division, basically to reduce the number of fatalities in the area."

Mr Suguturaga said there was no limit to what type of offences that authorities would be looking out for.

"We have no-drop policies for what we are looking for.

"If we see a driver or passenger in breach of road safety rules or any kind of law of our roads, we will carry out the necessary actions," he said.