THE Traffic Department of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) has arrested and formally charged 19 drivers with presence of alcohol in the blood over the legal limit during an operation in Honiara from November 2-3, 2018.
Supervising Director Kukum Traffic Police, Inspector Brian Surimalefo says, “During the traffic operation my officers checked 590 vehicles. Out of that, 19 were positive with presence of alcohol in their blood over the legal limit.
“All the 19 drivers were charged and released on bail to appear in Court at a date to be set.
“Three drivers were also charged for driving unlicensed vehicles and released on principle bail to appear in Court at a date to be set.
“During the two nights operation there were no emerging issues except for three vehicles that were involved in accidents at different locations over the weekend. These accidents were the result of driving under the influence of liquor.”
“We will continue the traffic operations at any time in Honiara during the week to ensure that our roads are safe for all road users.
“I appeal to vehicle owners and drivers not to drink and drive. If you thinking of taking alcohol make sure you arrange for someone who has not consumed alcohol and who has a valid driving licence to drive you safely home to avoid any accident.”
“Be responsible for your actions when you are driving. Check your driver’s licence, third party documents and ensure you have a valid vehicle license. Your vehicle must also be road worthy.” says Inspector Surimalefo.