POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast has called on communities in Honiara to take a stance to improve on traffic related issues in Honiara.
Mr Prendergast made the call during his weekly press conference at Rove police headquarters.
He said there is an increase in traffic related incidents, accidents and offences in Honiara that should have been avoided if communities work together with each other and police.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to respect the traffic rules and abide by it because the traffic rules are design to safeguard life,” Mr Prendergast said.
He called on community leaders and members to report to the police any activities that they sight that will lead to a traffic offence.
The police chief added communities should also discourage their members from involving in activities what will cause serious traffic accident and offences as safety is everybody’s business.
He said for this year alone from January to September, police in Honiara have recorded a total of 966 traffic cases – 251 of which are related to careless driving while seven of them are fatal.
“Traffic offences include careless driving, dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving using a motor vehicle with defective tyres or lights, over loading, excessive speeding, driving without a driving licence, unfit to drive, using unlicensed or uninsured motor vehicle and other traffic related offence,” Mr Prendergast said.
The commissioner appealed to the communities in Honiara to help combat the above mention traffic related offences for the safety of everyone in the city.
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI