TONGAN POLICE PLAN FOR REDUCTION IN TRAFFIC AND ALCOHOL ABUSE VIOLATIONS

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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (November 30, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Tongan police are developing plans to curb the usual rise in traffic violations and alcohol abuse during the Christmas and New Year's holiday season.

Acting Police Commander Taniela Faletau says police officers will be out on the country's main streets and visible in public places throughout the capital of Nuku'alofa during the period to ensure that traffic and drinking laws are being followed.

He says drivers' licenses will be checked and all vehicles will be examined for road worthiness. Drinkers' IDs will be checked to make certain those celebrating the season are at least 18 years of age.

Faletau says the special holiday project is aimed at reducing traffic accidents.

Deaths on Tonga's roads this year now total 19, compared with just five throughout the kingdom during all of 1996. Most road accidents are blamed on alcohol abuse.

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