Many drivers are continuing to take unnecessary risks on the road despite the chances of losing their vehicle or motorbike and licence and getting slapped with other penalties.
The message from Cook Islands Police is simple – just don’t do it.
One man woke up in a police cell on Christmas Day after he was arrested for failing a breathalyser test.
Police were called about the driver, who was seen driving dangerously. He was stopped at Black Rock and tested double the legal limit.
As a result of a vigorous campaign over the festive season, the police compound is accommodating growing numbers of confiscated motorbikes and cars, including rentals.
On Boxing Day, two further arrests for drunk driving kept officers busy and the police cells occupied. Both drivers on motorcycles were seen driving dangerously.
One is facing multiple charges, including failing to stop, dangerous driving, and excess alcohol.
Police say the man tested three times over the legal limit.
Overnight on December 26-27, police forbade 13 people from driving and impounded eight motorbikes and five cars.
Motorbike drivers face a minimum penalty of $100 (removal and storage for 24 hours) and cars at $150 (removal and storage for 24 hours).
Other penalties include $50 for having a car removed from the road and $100 for each day it is stored.
Drivers then face losing their licence for a year and paying hundreds of dollars in fines.
In other news, police were called to a mountain rescue late on Boxing Day morning following a report of an injured woman on the cross-island trek.
A 64-year-old visitor is said to have slipped and sustained a broken ankle. A police search and rescue team negotiated its way down on the south side of the island with the patient, to a waiting ambulance.
Meanwhile, police also continue to receive complaints of stolen property.
“Please watch over your belongings no matter where you are, especially your valuables and cash. Don't take risks, and be safe during the holiday period,” a police spokesman said.