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Police beef up patrols

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

POLICE have put all hands on deck to welcome 2014 and ensure a safe celebration in northern communities.

Northern police commander SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said all officers in the North had been rostered to work today.

"We have a full team out this New Year's Day and we will work in shifts here in Labasa, Seaqaqa, Savusavu, Taveuni and other stations in the North," he said.

"Our Christmas was a safe celebration with no extraordinary activities and we want the same for the new year's celebration.

"Police operations will be tight and we will not tolerate any drink driving cases."

SSP Lutunacaucau said they would also patrol residential areas outside towns.

"We are also pleading with people to enjoy safely and go back home if they know they've had enough alcohol," he said.

"And it is important for people to spend time with their families and welcome another new year together.

"We will also keep tight security in nightclubs and pubs, looking out for drunkards not to cause trouble."

The LTA has also urged motorists to drive safely and be considerate while using the roads this New Year's Day.

Spokesman Iliesa Sokia said there would be zero tolerance on drink-driving.

"We are working with the police on our roads and we are pleading with motorists to not drink and drive," he said.

"If they are drunk, then they should board a taxi and go back home safely to their families.

"So be considerate and think of others who are also using the road."