SIX of the 30 deaths recorded on the country's roads this year were caused by drinking and driving.
The statistic was revealed by Director Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra who said the police was doing its best to equip police officers with the skills and knowledge of conducting breathalyser tests.
This brought on a five-day workshop for breathalyser courses for 17 officers from the West, held at Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka.
"It is our duty to equip our officers with the right skills and knowledge so that they can deliver quality and professional services, and they must follow the procedure that is recognised by law," he said.
"The 17 candidates who have been chosen are members of the Traffic Unit and these are the people who attend to motor vehicle accidents and other traffic infringements.
"After this training, they will be better equipped to serve the public."
According to SSP Mishra, 300 arrests were made for traffic violations this year in the Western Division.
"One of the main concerns we have about the increase in the number of arrests and death toll is the attitude of drivers and pedestrians alike," he said.
SSP Mishra said out of the road death toll, 18 of the victims were pedestrians.
"Some pedestrians are very careless as well, and we want to stress the importance of safety, especially when it comes to children," he said.
"Children learn from adults, so when they see adults not adhering to road safety conditions, they don't either."
The road death toll stands at 30 compared to 32 last year.