Fifteen days into Operation Tatarovi II has seen 4,163 drivers booked for speeding reflecting an extremely worrying trend proving that drivers continue to disregard the law and have no consideration for their safety and that of others.
Operation Tatarovi II was launched at the beginning of the month to address the increasing number of road fatalities and accidents.
To date 21 lives have been lost on our roads compared to 15 for the same period last year with the Western Division recording 11fatal accidents, the Southern Division recording 8 while the East and North have recorded one each.
During the first half of the operations, 57 drivers were arrested for drunk driving which is another major concern considering it is one of the leading causes of fatal accidents.
The biggest challenge confronting traffic operations is driver behavior.
During the operation period, one fatal accident was recorded in Rabulu, Tavua where a man died in an accident which involved liquor and the driver not holding a valid driver’s license.
The Fiji Police Force can’t be everywhere and at present our best attempt to get as many officers out on our roads becomes a futile exercise when drivers continue their reckless behavior once they drive past a traffic officer.
WE need drivers to be alert and law abiding citizens whether or not a police officer is present.