OFFICERS of the National Traffic Department of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have inspected 70 vehicles and made several arrests during a traffic operation over the weekend.
In a statement today, RSIPF Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said most of the vehicle drivers arrested were under the influence of liquor.
Mr Mangua said although officers’ encountered confrontation from drunk drivers during the operation, the National Traffic Department (NTD) arrested nine suspects for drink driving on the road.
“A total of 70 vehicles had been checked during the operation.
“Five were arrested for driving unlicensed motor vehicles while a suspect has been arrested for unlicensed driving.
“The suspects were charged and will appear before the court on a later date,” Mr Mangau said.
He said this traffic operation is part of police preparation for the Pacific Games 2023 and they will be doing regular checks to track down on drivers under the influence of liquor that are likely to cause accidents to other road users.
“I just like to inform the road users that police will check for unlicensed vehicles, unlicensed drivers and other traffic related offences on the roads as part of the preparation for PG23,” the Police Commissioner said.