Drivers still risking lives

Monday May 25, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Rarotonga drivers are continuing put their lives and the lives of others in danger by ignoring police warnings and road safety campaigns, says Acting Inspector Rebecca Hosking-Ellis of the Cook Islands Police Service.

She says some drivers have ignored a strong police presence on roads over the past week and are clearly not taking any notice of the penalties incurred by some island residents when they appear in court on driving charges.

“Some drivers continue to disregard their lives after consuming alcohol and run the risk of injury or death.”

At about 1.08am last Thursday a crash between two motorcycles on the main road in Teotue resulted in the female driver of one of the bikes being critically injured. Hosking-Ellis says. 

“Two young girls received minor injuries but the female driver of one of the motorcycles is in a critical condition and was flown to New Zealand for further treatment.

“The male pillion passenger was admitted to hospital and later discharged.”

Alcohol and speed contributed to the cause of the accident, Hosking-Ellis says.

Another accident, this time involving a motorcycle and a utility vehicle, occurred at 9.21am on Saturday at the Punanga Nui Market in Ruatonga.

There were no serious injuries and Hosking-Ellis says the accident seems to have been caused inattention on the part of the motorcycle driver, who had a pillion passenger aboard. A police investigation is pending and charges will be laid, she says. Police are also concerned at the high number of callouts they have had involving domestic violence, especially over the period from May 18 to 23.

 “This is a big concern to us because a couple of the people involved are repeat offenders,” says Hosking-Ellis.

“No assaults took place but there were children in the homes who were being traumatized by the verbal arguments.  

“A complaint of assault on a female was reported to us and we are taking this seriously. Charges will be laid against these offenders and they will appear before the court in due course,” Hosking-Ellis said. “Domestic violence is a crime. It is not acceptable for any person to assault another person, even if she or he is a family member.”

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