Police lament two drink driving deaths on Friday

By Soli Wilson 06 October 2019, 10:00AM

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, has reiterated warnings against drink driving after two citizens lost their lives on Friday night.

One of the deceased was a pedestrian hit by drunk driver at Fugalei; the other was the driver due a single vehicle crash at Falealili.

The Commissioner confirmed the two deaths were in the same night between the hours of 11pm and 12am and both incidents involving vehicles and alcohol.

"[It was] very disappointing night last, all involving alcohol," he said.

The Commissioner pleaded to the public that steps taken to ensure safety is not just a job for the Police, but everyone else's, including those who are drinking.

"Stay at home if you're going to drink and if you're drinking at home, don't drive and don't get involved in dangerous stuff too," he said.

"You know because people die too when they're drinking at home, [when] they start fighting and stuff like that too."

People around those who are drinking should also be taking a proactive role in making sure no such incidents happen again, he said.

"If you see someone drinking and then hopping in their car, do something. 

"Be proactive, you might save that person's life or somebody else's life."

Proactive roles include requiring the drunk person to stay home, or getting a taxi, rather than letting them get behind the wheel drunk.

Fuiavailiili said more needs to be done about alcohol.

He said Police are already doing all they can, including warnings against drunk driving on television and radio, community outreach programmes to schools, villages and churches, electric traffic signs, police patrols as well as check points.

"So we have just got to pick up our end too, and be a little bit more aggressive, a little bit more proactive and be creative in our ways," he said.

"But these kinds of things here, the cops cannot solve these things alone, we need the community, we need community leaders, the village.

"And we need families and friends to stop these guys, it could have saved somebody's life."

By Soli Wilson 06 October 2019, 10:00AM

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