Relatives of the deceased alleged hit by a vehicle at Boneghe, Northwest Guadalcanal last week blamed too much tint on vehicles as a factor contributing to the death of their loved one.
The hit-and-run incident had resulted in the death of a father, believed to be sleeping on the road side under the influence of alcohol.
Members of the mourning relatives from Vura speaking to the paper claimed had the vehicle not heavily tinted the driver would have been able to see the deceased and slow down.
They said it is risky for road users today because almost all vehicles in the country are tinted and usually travel on high speed along the highway.
The deceased’s relatives from Vura in North West Guadalcanal called for the government and police to look into the issue of tinted vehicles, adding it is very dangerous at night times for drivers and pedestrians.
They said their villages and roadside markets are at risk of heavily tinted vehicles travelling at high speed during night times.
They added while the tar-sealed road is use by the villagers as well to travel by foot to the garden or other nearby places it is important that moving vehicles also have clear vision of the road and pedestrians when traveling.
“It is time that our responsible authorities look into the issue of tinted vehicles, by allowing certain percent of tint or disallowed tinting of the front screen for all vehicles,” they commented with great disappointment.
Commissioner of Police Frank Prendergast when contacted yesterday he cannot comment on the incident since it is currently under investigation.
But for the matter of tinted vehicles it is truly a concern for him.
He said it is worrying that many vehicles in Honiara today are heavily tinted, which could be dangerous for drivers and other road users.
By AATAI JOHN