Traffic Officer conducting RBT during the operation. Photo credit @ RSIPF Media Unit

POLICE have checked 380 vehicles during traffic operations over the weekend as part of the preparation for the Pacific Games 2023 (PG23).

Director National Traffic Department (NTD) Superintendent William Foufaka said during the traffic check, 22 vehicles have been impounded for prosecution and 21 suspects arrested.

Director Foufaka said that from those arrests, 10 suspects were arrested for the presence of alcohol in their blood. 11 suspects were arrested for driving unlicensed motor vehicles, and one suspect was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Superintendent Foufaka said the operation is the continuation of the ongoing preparation for PG2023 for a Safe Games strategy that the police are currently implementing.

Mr. Foufaka said the aim of this operation is to give a message to all who are living in Honiara to be aware that police are stepping up with their policing to deal with anti-social behaviors.

Director Foufaka appeals to people drinking in public places, people driving unlicensed motor vehicles, unlicensed drivers and drunk drivers, and other road users to respect the rule of law. Zero-tolerance traffic enforcement operations will continue leading up to the games.

“If you drive, please do not drink beer. If you are thinking of having beers, please go to the right place and find public transport to drop you off at home safely,” said Mr. Foufaka.

Honiara city police also form part of the operation by providing high visibility at different locations in the main Honiara Central Bureau District.

The drivers were charged and will appear before Honiara Magistrates’ Court at a later date.


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