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Increasing accidents in new four lane road a concern: FRA

November 17, 2019 4:47 pm

Nine accidents have been recorded in the last two months along the newly constructed Nakasi-Nausori four-lane road.

As a result, the Fiji Roads Authority says its properties have sustained substantial damage.

FRA chief executive Jonathan Moore says the average damage is worth $8000 per incident.

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We have a few concerns about the use of Kings Road. The new four-lane section. We have had so many accidents on that road and every one of those accidents has been put down to careless driving. There is no problem with the signage, there is no problem with the light and the road itself, it all has to do with driver behavior.

Moore says people need to be cautious whilst on the road as damaging FRA infrastructure is very costly to repair.

In September and October, there were nine accidents recorded here. The average value is about $8000 per incident. So across these incidents, $72,000 worth of damages to our assets. This does not include damage to cars, lives or injuries.  This also does not include disruption and congestion caused by bad driving but that is damage to our road assets.

Meanwhile, the Land Transport Authority in response says they are looking at installing speed cameras.

The LTA says police officers are currently monitoring the Nakasi-Nausori four-lane stretch during peak hours to catch notorious drivers.

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