The Land Transport Authority has armed itself with $40,000 worth of new gear to track down speeding vehicles on the streets of Samoa.
The investment in road safety involves the acquisition of three radar guns and three laser speed detectors in a bid to discourage speeding.
What’s more, local L.T.A. officers have been undergoing training provided by a New Zealand expert on how to use the equipment in the most effective way.
The Manager of L.T.A’s Traffic Division, Muagututi’a Mark Tominiko, said the whole idea is to reduce the number of road fatalities, especially the ones caused by speeding.
He said speeding is one of the leading contributors to accidents that have claimed many lives over the years.
Muagututia said they are working closely with the Ministry of Police to keep Samoa’s roads safe.
He said there is a possibility that the L.T.A. might trial the use of the machines at night because this is another time when drivers tend to speed.
Last week, a retired Police Inspector from New Zealand, Ron Philips, provided training for local officials.
Mr. Philips pointed to a report in 2010 by the World Health Organization, which highlighted the fact that 55 people in Samoa were killed on the road. The statistic is grim, he said, and it is a number they hope to reduce drastically with the help of the new equipment.
The equipment will be used in the beginning of February. So look out.