Motorbike drivers and owners face increasing risks of being involved in accidents or having their bikes stolen, says the Cook Islands Police Service.
Alcohol has been the prime cause of motor vehicle crashes on Rarotonga over the past six months with court appearances by drink-driving offenders reflecting most of the charges brought by the Police Prosecution unit, says police spokesman Trevor Pitt.
The police, fire service, and an ambulance were on the scene of a crash last night in Arorangi where an unconscious male driver had to be extracted from an overturned truck.
Ngaa Kitai Taria pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge that resulted in the death of his 9-year-old grandchild in Aitutaki, at the High Court yesterday.
Cook Islands Road Safety Council is calling on the authorities to tighten the law around drink driving after motor vehicle crashes, mostly resulting from alcohol, reached an annual high in September.