Police to keep eye on traffic

Thursday January 25, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
Motorists can expect to see plenty of police checkpoints on Monday and over the coming week. 18012416 Motorists can expect to see plenty of police checkpoints on Monday and over the coming week. 18012416

 The Cook Islands Police Service will continue their recent stepped-up efforts to ensure drivers abide by the law as the school year starts again on Monday next week.

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt says students who drive motorcycles to school will need to make sure they are wearing safety helmets.
“With quite a number of students who drive to and from school and police will be making sure they are obeying the law, and that includes wearing safety helmets.”
Pitt says police will be taking their usual enforcement aimed at keeping an eye on all drivers on the road.
“But this doesn’t mean school pupils get to slack-off in abiding by the rules, because police quite often do checkpoints whilst students are on their way to school, and leaving school.”
The police traffic unit will be carrying out their standard checkpoint procedure, which Pitt says includes checking speed, warrant of fitness, driver’s licence, vehicle registration, and whether motorcyclists aged 16 to 25 and all tourists, are wearing helmets.
Police Service Senior Sergeant Maevarangi Kirikava said for the police, it’s not just a matter of making sure motorists abide by the laws.

“Wearing a helmet will also help ensure riders have a fighting chance of surviving a crash.”
The penalty for driving without a helmet is $100, and anyone speeding over the limit can expect to be fined a minimum of $100, depending on their speed.

“The police will be issuing fines for those who do not comply as the time for issuing warnings has expired.

“It’s now time for drivers to be responsible for their actions.”

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