Police

Stray animals and over speeding biggest threat on roads

The Fiji Police Force’s Traffic Department has noted the worrying occurrence of stray animals and over speeding on our main highways and busy roads. Director Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said the issue of stray animals which at times have been the cause of serious accidents. MISHRA: “Stray animals jeopardize public safety and can be a major […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 5, 2016 10:00 am

The Fiji Police Force’s Traffic Department has noted the worrying occurrence of stray animals and over speeding on our main highways and busy roads.

A cow left loose on a public road in Fiji. (devex.com)
A cow on a public road in Fiji. (Devex)

Director Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said the issue of stray animals which at times have been the cause of serious accidents.

MISHRA: “Stray animals jeopardize public safety and can be a major cause of road accidents and casualties.”

SSP Mishra said animal owners need to ensure their animals are tethered or grazing at a safe distance instead of letting them stray onto public roads.

He said the issue of illegal modifications and roads being used as racing tracks is a serious safety concern.

MISHRA: “Not only is it dangerous for the driver and other passengers but it is a serious threat to other road users whether they are other motorists or pedestrians.”

SSP Mishra said over speeding remains the biggest threat on our road.

MISHRA: “At the end of the day it boils down to attitude and the continuous disregard of road rules. Speeding remains the biggest threat and cause of road accidents and fatalities, and unless people are willing to abide by the law, we will unfortunately continue to lose more lives.”

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