Don’t treat Rarotonga’s roads like they’re race tracks

Monday November 27, 2017 Published in Smoke Signals

Regarding the story headlined, “Local drivers urged to slow down (CINews November 20), I agree.


Drivers need to slow down because our main road around the island is not a race track. There are still too many accidents on our Cook island roads and too many people ending up in hospital to be treated. Just think about it, and slow down.


The ultimate solution to preventing motorcycle fatalities might be moving all males aged 25-30 to Suwarrow until they learn some sense, a smoke signally says. “Last week alone there were two deaths, but did any of the young idiots who habitually hoon around the island at umpteen miles an hour, take any notice? The answer, of course, is no.


Good luck to the ones who joined the “Try a Tri” promotion. If you’re not very fit, remember to take it easy and don’t try too hard. Keep it steady, and make sure to drink lots of water.


Congrats to Te Aponga Uira for some classic joined-up thinking this month.

 The company has chosen perhaps the busiest week of the year to dig up the road in Muri to lay new high-voltage cables. Fair enough that they need to do the work, but do they need to start in the middle of the Vaka Eiva festival? Getting canoes, competitors and supporters to the sprints on Wednesday should be interesting.


News of an attempted arson in Aitutaki last week could help in the hunt for the person responsible for a spate of fires on Rarotonga, says a signaller. The attack in Aitutaki could be the work of the same person. It’s widely believed the arsonist is a regular visitor to Rarotonga rather than a resident, so by using Air Rarotonga and Air New Zealand passenger records it should be possible to establish who was on Aitutaki last weekend and which of those people was also in Rarotonga during the recent spate of fires. Elementary?


The letter from the medical practitioner who cared enough to take time to write to the newspaper about noise level control should be appreciated. Tourists have a right to voice their opinion when it’s constructive criticism.  Most come for a peaceful holiday and recuperation from their stressful lives. It must come as a shock for our visitors to our beautiful peaceful island in the South Pacific to find they are captive to such loud noise levels and the lack of consideration by the few. Please don’t destroy the culture and dignity of the Cook Island people. Let’s hope government follow through with their proposed legislation this coming week on controlling noise levels.


It’s a shame there were no cops to be seen between Nikao and Arorangi on Friday evening when seven tourists were seen riding motorcycles in the rain with no helmets. Not only were they breaking our ill-conceived helmet law, they were also speeding and having “fun” weaving their bikes to and fro across the road.


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