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Family in hospital after car veers off road in Natabua

Motorists are being reminded to take heed of the fact that driver fatigue is a serious safety threat. This follows a motor vehicle accident which has resulted in a 1-year-old boy being admitted at the Lautoka Hospital in critical condition. In a statement, Police Director Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said the boy was travelling in […]

Peni Shute

July 24, 2016 10:49 am

Motorists are being reminded to take heed of the fact that driver fatigue is a serious safety threat.

This follows a motor vehicle accident which has resulted in a 1-year-old boy being admitted at the Lautoka Hospital in critical condition.

Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mahesh Mishra during an interview last week. (Fiji Police Force)
Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mahesh Mishra during an interview. (Fiji Police Force)

In a statement, Police Director Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said the boy was travelling in a vehicle with his parents.

MISHRA: “The victim was travelling in a vehicle with both his parents last night after 11pm along the Queens Road near Natabua when it is alleged his mother who was driving at the time fell off to sleep resulting in the vehicle veering off the road and landing in a drain.”

He said drivers must be mindful of the need to always get adequate rest so that such accidents can be avoided.

MISHRA: “If you feel you’ve had a long day and are feeling fatigued, then don’t risk getting in the driver’s seat as it could affect your driving. We believe driver fatigue is often underestimated, however, it is better to be safe then putting yourself and others safety at risk because some tend to fight the urge to rest and decide to travel instead.”

SSP Mishra said the parents are admitted for observation in stable condition while their son is in critical condition.

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