A police report said a woman who was riding with her young toddler lost control of her motorbike in Tikioki, veered into the opposite lane and collided with an oncoming pickup truck last Tuesday afternoon.
The report said the three-year-old had fallen to sleep and the mother attempted to reach behind and hold on to the youngster, she lost control of the motorbike as a result of trying to steer with one hand.
Police said though neither suffered serious injuries, both mother and child were taken to hospital for examination.
Cook Islands police media liaison officer Trevor Pitt highlighted the dangers of driving with young ones on motorbikes.
Pitt said that though it was common in the Cook Islands to see young children strapped or restrained by pareu whilst on motorbikes, the practice posed many hazards and risks.
“It’s a risky practice because the young ones do move around and occasionally nod off to sleep behind you.
“Securing them in place is very important for obvious safety reasons.
The police also took to Facebook in a bid to remind people that driving in Rarotonga can be dangerous.
“There is no room for casual attitudes on our roads and unfortunately, locals and visitors alike continue to learn this lesson the hard way.
“Drive safe. Be sensible. Stay alert,” said Pitt.