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Violators fined $23

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Aug. 30, 2011) – About of 74 persons were charged yesterday for jaywalking as both the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Fiji Police Force launched bookings for the traffic offense. The 74 were charged between 7am and 12pm yesterday.

Officer-in-Command at the Totogo City Police Senior Superintendent Luke Wainiu said both police and the LTA were met with angry pedestrians, some were surprised while others conceded fault when they were booked.

40 people were fined FJ$40 (US$22.69) for breaching LTA Regulations 111 which is the failure of a pedestrian to comply with traffic controlled lights. About 34 pedestrians who failed to use properly allocated crossings breached LTA Regulations 110, which amounts to the improper use of public streets and were fined FJ$10 (US$5.67). Those who have been booked have 21 days to pay their fines at any LTA office or face court action.

If the cases go to court, the 40 persons, under LTA Regulations 111 can be liable to pay up to a maximum of $100 (US$56.73) and for breaches of Regulations 110, up to a maximum of FJ$200 (US$113.47).

LTA chief executive Naisa Tuinaceva said enough time had been given for awareness and the bookings would now serve as a deterrent. Bookings also serve to safeguard pedestrians and are strategically poised to reduce road fatalities- a significant number of which were jaywalkers.

[PIR editor’s note: Since the beginning of 2011, three individuals in Fiji were killed after jaywalking and being hit by oncoming vehicles.]

"We appeal for support and understanding - we want people to appreciate and take ownership of this particular campaign," Mr. Tuinaceva said. "Do not jaywalk just because you are being watched, but stop doing it because of your desire to follow the rules and make our roads safer.

FijiSUN: http://www.fijisun.com.fj/

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