30 Jul 2004

Senators likely to oppose American Samoa police cars

7:21 am on 30 July 2004

The American Samoan administration's request for US$230,000 to buy new police vehicles may face opposition in the Senate.

Senator Fonoti Aufata says that police cars have been involved in accidents that have caused deaths and injuries.

She says Department of Public Safety officials must first address why so many of its vehicles are involved in accidents, and aren't functional.

Senator Tuanaitau Tuia has also raised queries about the number of police cars involved in accidents.

He claims some police don't know how to drive and their first time behind the wheel was after joining the police force.