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Alcohol Blamed For Most Traffic Accidents In Solomons
Police adopt no-tolerance policy for holiday season

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 20, 2012) – Alcohol is the leading cause of traffic accidents in the Solomon Islands during festive seasons in the last 12 years, statistics released yesterday revealed.

According to the Traffic Statistic report on road accidents in Honiara from 2000- 2012, there is an average of 226 accidents per year.

The report revealed that out of these accidents, an average of nine deaths and 47 injuries occurrences in a year, with a massive 57 percent of these accidents related to alcohol.

"These accidents were the results of careless driving, most significantly driving under the influence of liquor," Director of Traffic, Inspector Frank Menesa said.

The report also stated a survey conducted by The Watch House on the month of September this year alone revealed that out of 120 returns received, 22.5 percent of drivers were moderately intoxicated whilst 25 percent were drunk.

"This would sum up to 47.5 percent of the persons arrested were under the influence of liquor.

"Drunk driving is a major problem not only in Honiara but throughout the entire country, highlighting that the abuse of alcohol is the major cause of traffic accidents today," Inspector Menesa said.

He warned that drivers caught driving whilst under the influence of liquor during this festive season will be arrested on the spot and be subjected to prosecution.

"Drunk driving is the main cause of traffic accidents today, and now with the increasing number of vehicles in Honiara, the chances of more and more traffic accidents relating to alcohol abuse are likely to increase.

"We will fight to stop it therefore we urge all drivers and pedestrians to abide by all traffic rules and regulations," Inspector Menesa said.

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