Reduced speeding by vehicles and fewer accidents is the aim of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) following recent training with new equipment.
A special ceremony was held yesterday at the Land Transport Authority, to present certificates for all the traffic officers who have completed the Speed Radar and Laser Gun training.
Ron Philips from New Zealand thanked the Chief Executive Officer Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao for allowing them to teach and train the traffic officers in using the new equipment.
He said it was a smart move by the L.T.A. to have this equipment used here; to not only reduce speed on the roads but also to cut down on the number of accidents.
Yesterday, 20 officers including two representatives from L.T.A .Savaii were presented with certificates of completion after taking part in the one-week course.
Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao thanked Mr Philips for taking his time to train the officers.
He said the initiative is to reduce the number of accidents on the road and to track speeding vehicles.
While Leasi said they don’t have any plans to work at night because they don’t have the power to make arrests, there are other factors to address in order for them to work at night.
With the speed radar and laser guns they are looking at working together with the Police officers to enforcing the law and stop speeding vehicles.
One of the senior traffic officers, Tofilau Laufika Loli thanked Mr Phillips for the training.
He said that the knowledge that Mr Phillips had shared would be useful when the equipment is used.
He predicted this will lessen the number of accidents and speeding vehicles on the road and could save many lives.
The certificates issued to the officers pertaining to the use of this equipment are recognized overseas.