THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Traffic Department recorded a total of 292 cases from January 12 – March 15, 2018 for Honiara City alone.
Acting Director of RSIPF Kukum Traffic Department, Inspector Brian Surimalefo says, “Out of the total cases recorded, 86 were for careless and inconsiderate driving which include vehicles creating extra third lane. Creating third lane comes in as careless and inconsiderate driving.
“Sixty seven cases were for using unlicensed motor vehicle, 23 for using uninsured motor vehicle, 47 for presence of alcohol, seven for permitting uninsured motor vehicle, nine for driving without a valid driver’s licence, 23 for driving without a driver’s license, 18 permitting unlicensed motor vehicle, seven permitting unlicensed driver, two for failing to display motor vehicle license and three for taking vehicle without lawful authority.
“Careless and inconsiderate driving still has the highest record and this shown in operation carried out from February 9-15 which recorded 22 cases, from 16-22 recorded 23 cases and from March 9-15 recorded 10 cases.
“The second highest record is for cases of using unlicensed motor vehicle and this indicate a lot of vehicles in Honiara require owners to have their vehicle licences validated and for those not yet licensed at all, do so, as well as the third party insurance cover.
“In order to reduce and avoid more accidents every vehicle owners, drivers, the police, other government ministries, Honiara City Council, private businesses and the general public at large must help spread the message.
“Always drive carefully and consider other road users, make sure your vehicle has a valid licence and do not drink alcohol if you are driving; put safety first.”