As the festive season approaches the Fiji Police Force is pleading with all road users to be mindful of their role in keeping our roads safe.
Unfortunately another road fatality was recorded on Thursday when a 22-year- old student, who was admitted in the Lautoka Hospital following an accident last Thursday, site passed away.
The victim was involved in an accident at Sabeto Village when he was hit by a carrier driven by a 39-year-old.
The 39-year-old accused has since been charged with one count of Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death and was produced at the Lautoka Magistrates Court. He was released on bail to reappear at the Nadi Magistrates Court on 5 January, 2015 with surety and to surrender his passport and driving licence. He is to report to the Nadi Police station every Wednesday and not to leave his residence from 6pm to 6am.
In another incident reported on Thursday, a man is now admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at the Lautoka Hospital after he was hit by a taxi along Drasa Avenue, Lautoka.
Assistant Commissioner of Police and Chief Operations Officer Rusiate Tudravu says the worry for police is the fact that in both cases the victims were alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol.
He is once again pleading with members of the public to be mindful of their safety during this festive season and if they are planning on drinking, then to do so in a responsible manner.
Over the next month the Fiji Police is anticipating more social gatherings where alcohol is expected to be consumed. As such necessary safety measures such as appointing a designated driver or leaving your vehicle at home and taking a taxi should always be considered.
Motorists need to be vigilant because there is an increase in the number of reports of people found drunk on our roads. Last year there were several accident cases of this nature and we are pleading with motorists to be alert at all times.
FIJI POLICE MEDIA CELL