Speeding, dangerous, careless driving and pedestrians at fault continue to top the list of deaths on our roads- LTA

Speeding, dangerous, careless driving and pedestrians at fault continue to top the list of deaths on our roads- LTA

By Karishma Kumari
Friday 01/12/2023
[Image: File]

Speeding, dangerous and careless driving, drunk driving, driver fatigue and pedestrians at fault continue to top the list of deaths on our roads.

This has been highlighted by the Land Transport Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer Irimaia Rokosawa who says this is a concerning number especially as we head into the festive season, the new year and back-to-school preparations that follow.

He says as of 15th November this year, the current number of road deaths is 72 compared to 38 for the same period last year whereby 33 fatalities were caused by speeding, 10 fatalities caused by dangerous driving, 10 fatalities by pedestrians at fault, 3 by drunkard pedestrians, 4 fatalities from drink driving, 4 fatalities from driver fatigue, 3 fatalities from improper overtaking, 2 fatalities from careless driving and 3 fatalities from hit and run cases, which are still being investigated.

Rokosawa says the Authority has already rolled out its road safety education and awareness campaigns in communities, schools and the public space for the festive season through various partnerships with the media, private and public sectors which include visitations to villages, communities, settlements and outer islands under community and school visits programme, awareness, advocacy work through the media.

He says LTA has also conducted public outreach programmes at festivals, public events, university open days and careers fairs to reach the wider population and their roadside awareness in partnership with corporate entities who share the same vision of keeping all Fijians safe on our roads have also been a boost in terms of creating awareness on compliance and adherence of road safety rules among drivers, pedestrians and passengers. The Acting Chief Executive Officer further says LTA will beef up joint operations with the Fiji Police Force at various checkpoints around the country and strengthen community and public outreach to ensure road safety is a priority across all levels of society which is a vital measure to mitigate the risks and dangers of bad driving habits and behaviour on our roads.

He also highlighted that LTA will tighten internal controls and audits on the issuance of driver's licences and driving schools.

Kiran calls for expanded legal outreach to rural communities
Legal officials have been urged to consider expanding their outreach efforts to rural areas, where educating rural populations on legal matters such a...
2 hours ago
Pacific Recycling Foundation condemns Police repression of Argentine Waste Pickers' peaceful protest
The Pacific Recycling Foundation has strongly condemned and stands in strong solidarity with the International Alliance of Waste Pickers regarding ...
20 minutes ago

Cabinet approves framework for sustainable township development
The Cabinet has approved the development of a National Blue Town Framework for sustainable township development, including rural and regional areas ...
25 minutes ago

Fiji Methodist Church celebrates 60 years of independence and 189 years of faith
Members of the Methodist Church in Fiji celebrated their 60th year of independence after splitting from the Australasia Methodist Church in ...
1 hour ago

Cabinet approves purchase of 14 PMV vehicles for peacekeeping missions
Cabinet has approved the execution of a Memorandum of Sale with the Australian Government for the acquisition of fourteen Protected Mobility Vehicles ...
2 hours ago

Taylor Swift grabs royal selfie at London gig
Taylor Swift grabbed a perfect royal selfie ahead of her Wembley gig - posing with the Prince of Wales and two young music fans, Prince George and ...
4 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
RFNS Puamau submergence on Fulaga Reef
No timeline has been given on how long the salvage operations for the RFNS Puamau will take as the Fiji Navy has started the de-fuelling process in Fulaga in a bid to safely salvage the vessel from the reef.
4 days ago

Crisis within FijiFirst relating to the termination of 17 MPs who voted for salary increases
A crisis has erupted within the FijiFirst party relating to the termination of 17 members of parliament who supported the government's motion to ...
9 days ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
Pre Budget 2024-2025 budget recommendations and an insight of what people on the ground wish to see in the National Budget
11 days ago