Police call on public to think safety this week
The Ministry of Police want everyone to have a safe week as the nation prepares for Christmas next Monday.
As such, they are advising the public to stay safe and make sure family members and loved ones are protected.
This message was relayed to the Samoa Observer by the Police spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo.
“This is meant to be season of celebration,” he said.
“Our goal is that we want everyone to be safe during the festive season.
“We want this season to be a joyful occasion, not a sad one.”
As part of their role, the Police have started camps and they have increased their presence on the streets to deter drunk drivers and trouble makers.
“There will be police officers on duty on our roads until the holidays are over,” he said.
“This is to ensure the safety of our people who travel on our roads.
“All drivers must have in their possession their driver’s license all the time.”
There zero tolerance for drunk drivers, he added.
“Alcohol is one of the biggest problems at this time of the year,” he added.
Logoitino asked drivers not to be selfish.
“If you do drink please do not drive because the safety of your passengers is in your own hands,” he said.
“Also think of the safety of other people on the road as well as pedestrians.”
During festive occassions like this week, Logoitino said alcohol is often blamed for a lot of problems – including violence and family fights.
He advised people to consume alcohol wisely.
For people who cannot handle it, he said it is best they stay away from it completely.
“Our aim is to ensure everyone has a safe Christmas and a Happy New Year,” he said.