Safer roads for all
18 August, 2014, 12:00 am
THE UN declared Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 has set for Fiji a road safety standard that should be achieved and maintained.
LTA’s media liaison officer Iliesa Sokia said Fiji’s road fatality had decreased to a steady level which proved Fiji’s initiative to maintain a low rate of road accidents.
“So far this year we have only recorded a total of 12 road deaths compared to the 10 cases same period last year,” Mr Sokia said.
Mr Sokia said in 2011 the authority recorded a total of 56 road fatalities, in 2012 the number of deaths decreased to 41 which was the lowest ever recorded after 30 years and this figure was maintained in 2013.
Mr Sokia added road accidents leading to deaths occurred because of carelessness of pedestrians, and for the 12 recorded cases this year, 99 per cent had been caused by pedestrians.
In the past most recorded cases were caused by drivers because of drinking and driving which was still the case now and at times the failure of pedestrians to practise road safety rules.
Mr Sokia said the authority had allocated a number of people to the Western, Northern and the Central Eastern divisions to be enforcement officers just to ensure the citizens of Fiji were safe.
He said the officers could not keep track of the increasing number of registered vehicles in the country.
He advised pedestrians to be cautious road especially at night.