Loose gravel no ex­cuse for ac­ci­dent: Qil­iho

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: shratika.naidu@fi­jisun.com.fj

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho has warned Po­lice of­fi­cers in the North that he will not ac­cept the rea­son of loose gravel as the cause of an ac­ci­dent. Dur­ing the hand­ing over of nine new leased ve­hi­cles at Labasa Po­lice Sta­tion ground yes­ter­day Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho in­formed North­ern Di­vi­sional Po­lice Com­man­der (DPC) Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) Shiri Bhawan Singh: “DPC, the ball is in your court now.

“As I stated dur­ing one of our Skype brief­ings, I will not ac­cept the rea­son of loose gravel as the cause of an ac­ci­dent.

“The of­fi­cer sit­ting in the driver’s seat has the un­der­stand­ing and the sound judge­ment to know that the com­bi­na­tion of speed­ing and loose gravel is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said he would not hes­i­tate to take th­ese ve­hi­cles away if the of­fi­cers in charge showed no con­cern with con­trol­ling their use.

“I’ve done it with the of­fi­cers in Koro Island and I won’t hes­i­tate to do the same, if you are not able to show me you can’t main­tain and use th­ese ve­hi­cles in a suit­able man­ner,” he said. In an in­ter­view, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho in­formed Fiji Sun that those Po­lice driv­ers who were in­volved in an ac­ci­dent would be put in an In­ter­nal Tri­bunal Po­lice process. “All the leased ve­hi­cles now have in­sur­ance cover and that does not mean they can es­cape the pun­ish­ment if found li­able,” Bri­gadierGen­eral Qil­iho said. “We look into every as­pect and put them through dis­ci­plinary ac­tions. If the roads are wet Po­lice of­fi­cers should slow down. There is no need to drive fast un­less there is real emer­gency.”

Labasa Po­lice Sta­tion re­ceived five ve­hi­cles; Seaqaqa Po­lice Sta­tion got two, one for Savusavu Po­lice Sta­tion and one for Nabowalu Po­lice Sta­tion.

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho in Labasa yes­ter­day.

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