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Female drivers are safer: LTA

June 21, 2012 7:20 pm

Female drivers are safer drivers on Fiji roads with the lowest numbers of recorded accidents and traffic bookings compared to their male counterparts.

The revelation was made by the Land Transport Authority who analysed traffic accidents and law breaches over the past three years.

Vosita Kotoiwasawasa reports.

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Data of fatal accidents show 97 percent of perpetrators were males and a low three percent were females. In 2009, 65, 584 males compared to 2511 females were booked for traffic offences. The following year, the numbers of traffic bookings for females decreased to 2,238 and likewise for male drivers with 55, 033 booked but males still occupy the heavy end of the scale. LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva says this not all male drivers are bad drivers, and there are many who observe and respect traffic laws. He adds the statistics suggest female drivers are more careful behind the wheels and adhere to traffic laws as opposed to male drivers that tend to be more aggressive and break speed limits. The road death toll currently stands at 17 compared to 19 for the same period last year.

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