December 17, 2016 9:25 am

120 officers mobilised for 24/7 traffic checks over holidays

A task force of 120 Police and Land Transport Authority officers are taking part in joint operations around the country to target drunk driving and other traffic infringements. The joint operation was launched on Thursday with officers located around the country working in shifts around the clock seven days a week, according to Deputy Director Traffic […]

A task force of 120 Police and Land Transport Authority officers are taking part in joint operations around the country to target drunk driving and other traffic infringements.

PC Tevita Masiverata of the Lautoka Highway Division conducts radar operation along the Barara flats.
PC Tevita Masiverata of the Lautoka Highway Division conducts radar operation along the Barara flats.

The joint operation was launched on Thursday with officers located around the country working in shifts around the clock seven days a week, according to Deputy Director Traffic Control, SP Richard Raju of Police.

The Police are heading the operation, expected to continue until January 15.

The Acting Chief Executive of LTA, Aptinko Vaurasi, said they were working closely with Police in some joint operations targeting particular concerns, like drunk driving, and illegal activities.

Among the special team equipment are ‘tough pads’ mini-computers that the police can use when stopping a vehicle. It gives them instant information about the driver.

“We want the drivers to know that we are committed to reducing the accidents on the road. We will be doing spot checks. We will be stopping those using the cell phone. We will be checking on driving and drinking. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday and we will be doing our best to ensure that unsafe thoughtless drivers do not interfere with this,” said SP Raju.