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LTA nabs 6383 offenders last year

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

THE Northern Division recorded the highest number of traffic offences in the country last year with a total of 6383 cases from January to December.

The high report is the result of motorists not obeying road rules.

Such a situation has prompted the LTA to step up on their educational programs on road safety awareness and tighten up road patrols from police officers.

Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia yesterday said while the issue was also prevalent in other parts of the country, it was only proper for motorists to take ownership of their lives.

"We have been doing everything in our power to clamp down on drivers who defy the law and it seems that they continue to ignore our advice and warnings," Mr Sokia said.

"We won't stop until these drivers are penalised accordingly.

"Our focus this year is to increase our education awareness programs of road safety as we target to educate our younger generation.

"At least, when they are educated at a very young age, they will stick to what they have learned until they grow older.

"We don't have enough resources and manpower to look after the whole country but we are doing everything we can to control cases of traffic infringement."

Mr Sokia pleaded with motorists to follow road rules for their own benefit.

"The onus is on every individual to ensure they adhere to road rules at all times. Be a concerned citizen and do the right thing," he said.

Divisional police commander northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau earlier pleaded with motorists to change their attitude while using the road as police would not tolerate careless driving attitude.