Police issue warning after near fatal road incident

The dangers of drunk driving are real.

That’s the warning from the Samoa Police Service following an incident where a drunk driver ran over two women before driving away at Moata’a on New Year’s day. 

This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.

The pedestrians were two females walking on the side of the road when they were struck.

 “Two women were admitted into the hospital when a drunk driver struck them,” he said. 

‘The driver had since been arrested and charged for driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without a license."

“The two women, one was 20 and one was 40. The 40-year-old woman was released as of yesterday, however for the younger female her injuries were severe.”

Auapa’au said the incident once more highlights the dangers of driving under the influence. 

He told the Samoa Observer that when consuming alcohol it affects the way you are and it changes your judgement. 

“It’s easy to think you are driving normally when truly you are not,” he said.

“If you get into an accident your life could be lost as well as any pedestrians.”

He told the Samoa Observer that aside from this incident, it was a peaceful New Year holiday. 

“At the end of our holiday operation, we saw a reduced number of drunk drivers on the road compared to last year,” he said. 

According to Auapaau, another man filed a criminal complaint after his residence in Fa’atoia was robbed. 

“The culprit(s) took the man’s passport and his phone. The victim, a New Zealander, is in Samoa on holiday." 

“Now the police are trying to track down who took the passport and the cell phone.”

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