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September 18, 2021

Southern Highlands Province: Police Warning

Police in Southern Highlands Province have issued a warning tothe people not to conduct activities and ceremonies on public roads.

This warning comes after six people were killed in a hit and run accident last week inthe province.


Four thers were critically injured and are nursing injuries at Kudjib and Mendi Hospitals respectively.


Southern Highlands Provincial Police Commander, ChiefInspector, Sibron Papoto issued this warning from Mendi today.


While part ofthe highlands highway that has been closed since Friday last week, has been opened this morning, Papoto said his men are closely monitoringthe road to ensure traffic flows freely.


He said inthe traditional highlands culture, ples singsings werethe designated arenas for traditional ceremonies like marriages and compensation payments and this practice should be maintained.


He said if people decide to usethe public highways for demonstrations or ther ceremonies,they should consultthe Police Traffic Unit to provide assistance and escorts.


Onthe ther hand, he warned vehicle drivers to slow down when approaching schools, villages and gtherings.


ChiefInspector Papoto said careless driving has costthe lives of many people and drivers should take heed of traffic rules while onthe road.


This includes driving underthe influence of liquor.


He also called onthe Olgai Welaili tribe to allowthe rule of law to take its course


The driver ofthe vehicle involved inthe accident is now in police custody and Papoto says compensation should not be used to substitutethe justice process.


They should allowthe process to complete and justice to be carrlied through on behalf ofthe victims andtheir families.

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