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Crackdown on drunk drivers

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IN a bid to curb drink- driving cases in the North, 16 more policemen in the traffic department have been taught how to use breathalyser testing machines.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said policeman and women from stations and community policing posts were attending the week-long workshop.

Insp Sokomuri said they were expected to operate the breathalyser machines after the workshop.

"There is a process known as the Commissioners Best Practice referring to the best standard procedures for such operations," he said.

"These are the standard operations that are being taught to these personnel during this workshop.

"Officers are expected to be able to hold standard breathalyser tests when they return from this workshop to their respective stations and posts."

Insp Sokomuri said the participants would be tested on their knowledge of these standard procedures.

"The outcome of the exam will determine whether an officer can hold these sorts of operations or otherwise," he said.

"The director traffic Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Sharma is expected to be part of the workshop too from today (yesterday)."

"We have a tutor from Fiji Police Academy who is currently facilitating courses in Labasa and this course will be taken to the other three divisions in the country."

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