In a news release sent to CI News the Cook Islands Police Service appeared to be highly frustrated at the number of accidents, despite their frequent appeals for motorists to take more care.
“We have had such a good festive period with very minimal crashes. However our drivers are becoming complacent again,” the release said.
“Our officers are investigating seven crashes which have happened since Monday of last week.”
Contributing factors to these crashes remain the same and include carelessness, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and speeding.
Police say they see many different kinds of careless driving, such as driving too close to the vehicle ahead, using a cellphone while driving, not paying attention to the traffic in front of you; overtaking at corners and failing to give way to oncoming vehicles.
And motorists who decide to drive while under the influence of alcohol potentially become a danger to themselves and other road users on our roads, they say.
“While under the influence of alcohol a person’s ability to make sound judgments in times of emergency is severely reduced in comparison to a sober driver,” the police said in a statement.
Driving faster than the speed limit of 40kmph on a motorcycle without a helmet and 50kmph on all vehicles is not safe and definitely “not cool”.
“The faster you drive, the longer it will take for you to stop and the more difficult it will be for you to avoid becoming the victim of a crash.”
“It is disappointing that after such a safe festive period on our roads, drivers are becoming complacent and it is this attitude that is putting them and everyone else on the roads at risk of becoming involved in crashes.
“We will continue to do what we must do to keep everyone safe,” the police statement said.
So be prepared to be stopped anywhere, anytime by police officers who will check on everything from your vehicle documentations, drivers’ licences, speed, driving behaviour and your sobriety.
If this is going to bother you, then be responsible by ensuring that your vehicle is roadworthy, you comply with the speed limit, drive responsibly and stay off the booze if you intend to drive. - CI News/Release