"The people of Fiji depend on us to keep our roads safe".
This was the message stressed to close to 50 traffic officers from around the country at the opening of the first ever Breathalyser Operator's Conference this morning.
Chief Guest and Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua while opening the conference said implementing positive changes should be aligned to the needs of the people.
"Change is about improving things progressing, moving and setting targets outlined by the Commissioner and what Government wants to achieve in the Decade of Action of on Road Safety which clearly states what is needed from 2011 to 2020".
"This is why we are here this morning and we have a huge challenge ahead of us to make sure that the people of Fiji feel safe on our roads", said the Commissioner.
Indicating a recent incnident in Nadi, Brig-General Naivalurua says traffic officers need to be more visible on our roads.
"I was in Nadi over the weekend and did not see traffic officers or vehicles manning the roads, this should change and if this doesn't then your Director Traffic will be held accountable, because we need to be visible to make a difference".
The Commissioner of Police and invited guests from the business community and relevant stakeholders were also given an opportunity to see some of the latest developments in breathalyzer machinery brought in by Drager Pacific Limited.
The latest technology includes the ability to also test not only alcohol levels but that of drugs and the ability to read reliable information within minutes.
However with the new technology showcased, the Commissioner stressed the success of keeping our roads safe lies with each individual officer.
"When we talk about keeping our roads safe, we admit that we have limited capabilities. We can have all the wonderful capabilities, vehicles and gadgets, however if we are not right in our hearts and our minds we are not set and we cannot achieve our goals".
"The focus on the next few days should be getting the drive to be filled with knowledge and understanding what government wants. These gadgets and machines do not talk you and I have the ability to make a difference and take what we learn here and put it to good use for the sake of the people of Fiji".
The Commissioner also stressed on the need for the officers to change the way they carry out their work.
"For me as a Commissioner with my short time with you we need to improve the internal organs within the organization. It's not about talking about the past but looking at the future".
"I look forward to positive outcomes after the two days because your job twenty four seven is to keep the people safe on our roads".