By ELIZABETH VUVU
RECKLESS driving was the cause of 15 car accidents in East New Britain last month.
The Kokopo traffic police reported seven accidents including the fatal accident of a 17-year-old student at Kenabot.
Two of the accidents involved alcohol-related drivers.
For this month, already eight accidents have been recorded but no deaths.
Another car accident on the early hours of last Saturday made the total 15, when a hired vehicle driven by a lawyer from a law firm crashed into a PNG Power vehicle along the Warangoi Road.
The hired car with its driver and two other passengers, a woman and a man were returning from Club Mill when the driver allegedly ran into the wrong lane at high speed and collided head-on with the PNG Power car.
Provincial police commander Supt Anthon Billie said the hired vehicle was totally written off with the driver admitted to the Vunapope Hospital with leg injuries. The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her face while the other man was unhurt.
The driver of the PNG Power vehicle was also unhurt.
Villagers near the crash scene managed to strip whatever was left of the vehicles after police left the scene.
Supt Billie advised motorists to exercise caution when on the road, especially on Toma Road which was recently sealed and popular.
“Be careful of school children and pedestrians crossing the road. Watch your speed,” he added.