We’re on track for the worst month on our roads

Thursday June 14, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

The Cook Islands Police Service says crash statistics for the month of June are on track to be “the worst of the year so far”.

Two women sustained minor injuries on Monday morning after the driver lost control of the motorcycle they were riding near Arorangi. A minor incident was also reported on Monday after a vehicle reversed into another in Avarua.

On Sunday night, police received a report of an accident at the seawall in Nikao. The woman involved was taken to Rarotonga Hospital for treatment and was lucky to escape with only minor injuries to her hand.

Last week, three dogs were hit in separate incidents after wandering on to the road. On Saturday, police officers apprehended an underage driver who had allegedly been speeding and hit a dog in Titikaveka. The two other dogs were struck in Matavera and also Rangiura.

Last Sunday morning, an agitated Takuvaine resident laid a complaint with police after two young males drove “up and down the road all night” on a loud motorbike.

The police service is calling for road users to change their “inconsiderate attitudes” when driving, as accidents and the number of people apprehended for driving over the breath-alcohol limit continue to grow.

In previous years, tourists have been criticised for their careless driving habits, while the finger has also been pointed at locals for bad behaviour ranging from drink driving to speeding and careless use of motorcycles.

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