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Drivers to face the law

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DRIVERS who have a habit of talking on the mobile phone while driving should think twice.

The warning from the LTA follows the continuous ignorance of drivers in Suva to refrain from the use of mobile phones while behind the wheel. Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the last few weeks had been on education mainly.

However, he said, it was time they enforced the law on drivers who continued to ignore the law.

"The fixed penalty for this is $100 to $500 fine and we hope to book a minimum of 10 drivers per day, especially those who continue to ignore the law," Mr Sokia said.

"We have had this awareness for the last couple of weeks and the focus was on education and encouragement, however, it is time to act and hold these drivers accountable.

"It's very important for drivers to note that we work according to their traffic infringement notices and those exceeding their limit will have their driving licence suspended."

Mr Sokia said since the launch of the campaign earlier this month, many drivers had responded to it.

But he said there was still a handful who failed to adhere to simple road rules and it was time they faced the full weight of the law. The campaign will move to the West next week before heading over to the North in the coming weeks.

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