Suspected drunk driver killed in Huʻatolitoli crash

A suspected drunk driver from Vaini lost his life in a fatal car accident this morning Saturday 10 at about 12.50am.

Police said a 24-year-old was driving when his 1500 kg pick up van veered off the road and hit a Pulukamu tree near Malapo.

Police Chief Inspector Tupou ʻOtutaha told Kaniva News they have information alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The driver was the only person in the van while the incident occurred.

ʻOtutaha also said Police found a significant increase in motorists driving after consuming alcohol this year and as a result death toll also increasing significantly.

He said Police were doing their best to bring the number down and to stop motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol.

He said a Police campaign has been running for about two months now in an attempt to crackdown on drink driving.

Kaniva understands about 500 people had been arrested and charged with drink driving and other alcohol-related crimes, through the ongoing campaign known as ‘Operation Safe Streets’.

In the last week of August 41 people including motorists were arrested for alleged drunk driving and disorderly conduct in Tongatapu. The arrests were made as the Operation Sate Street reached its fifth week.


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