Fiji Sun

Operation Tatarovi II for the Month of May, 2018 as per the four divisions

DRINKING AND DRIVING ALSO CONCERNS POLICE; BOTH ARE LEADING CAUSES OF FATALITIES ON OUR ROADS Operation Tatarovi II for May 2018 May 2018 figures compared to May 2017 2775 Operation Tatarovi II for May 2018 46 19,699 144

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Chief Operations Officer Acting ACP Maretino Qiolevu said speeding and drink driving continued to be the main concern for the Fiji Police Force because they were the two leading causes of road fatalities.

A Fiji Police Force and Land Transport Authority traffic operation conducted Fiji wide recorded more than 8000 speeding offences for the month of May alone.

Six fatal accident occurred during the operation period, which claimed seven lives. A similar number of fatal accidents occurred in the same period last year.

The causes of the fatal accidents included liquor consumptio­n, unlicensed drivers, speeding and the parking of buses and trucks on roads.

“Traffic officers and the operations were conducted strategica­lly focusing on black spot areas known for fatal and serious accidents,” he said. “They were deployed to areas to curb speeding based on informatio­n received about dangerous driving behaviour and this was all possible because of Government’s increased provision of mobility resources.”

Acting ACP Qiolevu said their strategies continued to focus on black spot areas and working with the LTA to address those who were habitual offenders.

He said the momentum of operations would continue because they do not want drivers to go back to their bad habits once the operation period was over.

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