More LTA of­fi­cers on pa­trol

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - SHA­HANI MALA sha­hani.mala@fi­

There will be more Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity en­force­ment op­er­a­tion teams on the roads this Easter week­end. The teams will be on the roads to en­sure safety on the road.

LTA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Naisa Tuinaceva said: “The teams will be de­ployed to strate­gic lo­ca­tions and they will be tar­get­ing drink driv­ing, speed­ing of­fences, dan­ger­ous and care­less driv­ing, use of mo­bile phone while driv­ing, seat belt of­fences, ve­hi­cle de­fects, un­reg­is­tered mo­tor ve­hi­cles and il­le­gally mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles.” Mr Tuinaceva said driv­ers could end up los­ing their driv­ing li­cense this Easter. Last year there was no case of road ac­ci­dent recorded by LTA and they are count­ing on driv­ers and other road users to help keep zero road of­fences this year. Mr Tuinaceva said peo­ple who were plan­ning to drink al­co­hol were re­quested to nom­i­nate a des­ig­nated driver, while driv­ers trav­el­ling on long jour­neys were en­cour­aged to take reg­u­lar breaks to avoid fa­tigue.

“Most pedes­tri­ans in Fiji treat road safety as the sole pri­or­ity of the driver and that the driver has the duty to care for them when this is not the case,” he said. “Pedes­tri­ans must learn to be be­hav­ing re­spon­si­bly on the roads and peo­ple must not cross the roads any­how.”

So far nine peo­ple have died on Fiji’s road this year.

Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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