Police hunt for driver

The Police are looking for the driver of a Suzuki vehicle involved in a hit and run incident involving a 16-year-old boy in Vaimea. 

This was confirmed by the Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

He did not have all the details but said the Police are investigating the incident.

Apart from that, he confirmed the Christmas holidays were relatively safe.

“Aside from the two drowning in Savai’i and two who allegedly took their own lives here in Upolu, the Christmas holiday was quiet,” he said.

“Members of the public heeded the advice by the Police to have a designated driver." 

“The amount of traffic citations and accidents is very minimal compared to last year’s holiday operations,” said Auapaau. 

“As of last Friday, D.U.I. arrests were close to 20 and that was the last time we made a D.U.I. arrest." 

“On Saturday up until yesterday, the drivers that we have encountered are sober, which is very good." 

“We are thankful to members of the public for considering and taking action on the appeal from the police." 

“Drunk driving will never end well for anyone, not only for the safety of the pedestrians, but also the drivers,” said the Police Superintendent. 

There was one traffic incident on Tuesday night in Ululoloa, a drunk driver crashed into an electricity pole. 

“Fortunately it was an electrical pole. The driver was taken to the hospital because he sustained injuries and upon release from the hospital, he has been criminally charged with drunk driving and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.”

The one issue that was highly emphasized by Auapaau was members of the public who do not drink responsibly. 

“We responded to more than 100 peace disturbance calls around Upolu on Christmas Day alone." 

“But then it’s to be expected, it’s the holidays and of course we urge members of the public to drink responsibly. "

“And our holiday operation will continue throughout next week,” he said. 

Auapaau also commended the assistance provided by the Village Councils who have been very helpful with police work. 

“On behalf of the Police Service, we want to thank all our people, our village councils who offered assistance and continue to help the police in their line of work and most especially keeping the peace within the villages."

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