Accidents

Road death toll is 35 so far

The Fiji Police Force has recorded a total of thirty-five deaths that occurred on our roads this year. In a statement, Director of Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said out of the thirty-five, fifteen were pedestrians and four were children under the age of ten. SSP Mishra said that further analysis also shows that of the […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 7, 2016 8:12 am

The Fiji Police Force has recorded a total of thirty-five deaths that occurred on our roads this year.

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. (Fiji Police Force)

In a statement, Director of Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra said out of the thirty-five, fifteen were pedestrians and four were children under the age of ten.

SSP Mishra said that further analysis also shows that of the fifteen deaths, seven pedestrians were found to be at fault, resulting in the unfortunate accidents.

MISHRA: “While speeding and dangerous driving continues to be the main causes of fatalities on our roads, we want to emphasize the need for pedestrians to also understand that their behavior on our roads could be a serious safety concern for themselves and other road users if they choose to ignore basic road safety.”

SSP Mishra said Police is requesting parents and guardians to reinforce the issue of road safety to their children as school holidays is just around the corner.

MISHRA: “Also with the school holidays just around the corner, we are again requesting parents and guardians to reinforce the issue of road safety to our children.”

He said the Fiji Police Force and other relevant stakeholders will continue to talk about road safety. However, whether people want to listen will be up to each individual.

MISHRA: “As we have highlighted on several occasions, it boils down to attitude. We cannot police every individual when they are on our roads, so we will continue to talk about road safety and what we expect of them whether they are a driver or pedestrian.”

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