Napa: Too many tears cried for those lost in accidents

Friday June 05, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Selina Napa. 20060417 Selina Napa. 20060417

Shadow health minister Selina Napa has looked into the weeping eyes of a mother who lost her only daughter after she was killed in a motorbike accident and felt the terrible anguish and loss.

That is why she has always been in favour of helmets for all and stands by her decision to vote for compulsory helmets, from June 26.

“I made a vote as a mother, aunty and member of a vibrant community and Parliament who wants our people to be safer driving on the roads,” she said.

But AAA No 2 Helmets organiser Moana Moeka‘a called for all those who oppose the law to gather for a second motorcycle rally at Constitution Park at midday.

All motorbikes need to be in good working order, warranted and registered and no mobile phones are to be used while riding. Also those under 25 need to wear helmets.

Moeka'a wants parliament to go back to the old law, which makes the wearing of a helmet mandatory for visitors, for persons aged 16-25 years, and those exceeding 40kmh. 

Napa said everyone was entitled to have a say on the issue, but she said there were more arguments supporting compulsory helmets than there are against.

She was also reassured by the support of many in her constituency of Titikaveka, who support the compulsory helmet law.

“Sadly we have all been touched in some way by the loss of a loved one on our roads and believe in making our motorcyclists safer.”

She has heard the eulogy presented by another mother for her only child, a son killed in a motorbike accident and felt her incredible loss.

Over the years she has seen couples weeping and families in anguish for their loved ones who have died on the roads, most of them from head trauma.

“I believe compulsory helmets for all is the right thing to do,” she said.

It has been reported that Rarotonga has the second highest road traffic deaths per capita in the world, she said. Motorcycle accidents were the most common cause – and most died from head trauma.

“The helmet issue has been around since 2007, the fatalities from motorcycle accidents in that time should be enough to tell us all that we can’t go backwards to the previous situation where helmets were only compulsory for those aged 16 to 25, it simply didn’t work,” Napa said.

Leave a comment