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Road toll too high: Commissioner

Saturday February 02, 2019 Written by Published in Crime
Road toll too high: Commissioner

The toll of road fatalities in the Cook Islands remains high for a small community, says the Commissioner of Police Maara Tetava.


Tetava made this statement after the recent death of a Fijian national in Rarotonga.

This is the first road fatality for the year.

Extending his condolences to the family and friends of the victim, who was a popular worker in the hospitality trade area, Tetava says he is saddened that another driver has died as a result of a serious motorcycle crash. 

“The fatality was the first of 2019 and in the first month following the worst year for road crashes,” Tetava said.

He said while the Police Service is doing all it can to enforce safer driving, the Rarotonga road environment continues to prove very dangerous.

“The road messages are being provided more widely and traffic law is enforced through a range of tactical measures and campaigns.

“The toll, however, remains far too high for a small community thanks to these main causes of road incidents: speeding, alcohol, and carelessness.”

Tetava said despite the Police Service best efforts, people must do more as a community. 

“The tragic reality is that our roads carry a huge risk with a terrible penalty, if we don’t heed the warnings.”

There were six fatalities last year among an annual total of more than 270 incidents.  Two of those deaths at the end of last year were foreign nationals.  

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