Five drink drivers land in court

Monday November 19, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
Vehicle accidents are continuing to mount up on Rarotonga. This car, with rental registration plates crashed off the road and down the side of a bank in Betela, destroying a hedge in the process. A note on the car door said the accident had happened at 3pm on Saturday, and added that the police had been informed. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in this crash. 18111812 Vehicle accidents are continuing to mount up on Rarotonga. This car, with rental registration plates crashed off the road and down the side of a bank in Betela, destroying a hedge in the process. A note on the car door said the accident had happened at 3pm on Saturday, and added that the police had been informed. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in this crash. 18111812

The “don’t drink and drive” message is simply still not getting through, says police spokesperson Trevor Pitt.

 

His comments follow a spate of drink-driving arrests since Friday afternoon and five drivers appearing in court on Saturday.

One motorcycle driver was picked up by police after he crashed at Tupapa trying to dodge a breathalyser checkpoint. The male was then charged with dangerous driving and excess alcohol.

Another man was arrested following another crash on the main road at Matavera after he refused to comply with a police request for a breathalyser test.

On the back road at Arorangi, a man crashed into a hedge and refused to talk to the police and also comply with a breathalyser test. He was arrested and locked up.

Two more drivers were also arrested and locked up after failing the excess alcohol test. Both had tested more than two-and-a-half-times over the legal limit.

Pitt says one of the defendants who has already been disqualified from driving, will reappear next month for sentencing and a probation report.

Two other drivers pleaded guilty to their respective charges, receiving fines and losing their licenses for 12 months.

The remaining two did not enter pleas and will reappear next month, says Pitt.

“The police remain concerned that the drinking and driving message is still not getting through, and that the tragedy of another fatality is just around the corner.

“Foolishly, some motorists are convinced they will continue to get away with it. Until they don’t.”

While some drivers fail to learn their lesson from such incidents, everyone else should still be aware of the consequences, Pitt adds.

“You will be fined. You will lose your licence." 

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