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Police step up on road safety drive

Mere Naleba
Saturday, February 03, 2018

THE Fiji Police Force has launched Operation Tatarovi which focuses on the five leading causes of accidents and fatalities on Fiji roads.

The "fatal five", a term used to describe the five causes, has speeding as the leading cause followed by drink and drive, dangerous driving, pedestrian at fault and driver fatigue.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu said the national operation started on Thursday throughout all four policing divisions.

"2017 saw an increase in road fatalities by 17 per cent when compared with the 2016 period and despite the increased presence of traffic and highway officers on our roads, speeding and drink-driving continues to be a concern," A/ACP Qiolevu said.

He said the month-long operation was in line with the police commissioner's intent in reducing the number of road fatalities and increasing major operations on crimes.

"Seventy lives were lost due to road accidents in 2017 and to date three people have died as a result of motor vehicle accidents compared with six for the same period last year," A/ACP Qiolevu said.

He says while officers will be lifting the tempo on traffic operations, the police hope that members of the public will work with them in keeping our roads safe.

"As stakeholders work together to create awareness on road safety, the onus is up to every individual to listen and comply," he said.

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