Parents should make teens wear helmets – Mokoroa

Saturday June 08, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

The onus is on parents to ensure their children wear helmets at all times while riding a motorbike, says police minister Mac Mokoroa.

 

In Parliament yesterday, Mokoroa was quizzed about teenagers over 16 years riding their bikes around Rarotonga without helmets.

Opposition MP William “Smiley” Heather said he was appalled at some youth recently riding bike in Nikao area at high speed without their helmets on.

Heather questioned whether the police patrol was doing enough to ensure these youngsters follow the road rules especially regarding helmet.

In his reply, Mokoroa said they have volunteer police officers from Takitumu who were doing the patrolling until dawn.

“Our police are trying their best to prevent this problem,” he said.

“I would like to ask us all not to just depend on police, the parents should be teaching their children about the importance of wearing helmets when riding motorbikes.”

The law requires that anyone on a visitor’s licence, holders of overseas motorcycle licences, all 16 to 25-year-olds and every motorcyclist travelling above 40 kmh must wear a safety helmet. And that also applies to pillion passengers.

If you have a full Cook Islands licence, for both car and motorcycle and are above 25, then you do not.

In 2017, a number of young people were caught up in the judicial process, facing criminal conviction, for failing to pay the fines for not wearing helmet. A majority of them were school students.

However all of them were given a second chance, and an additional three weeks to pay their fines.

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