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Helmet saves teenager’s life

Wednesday 6 May 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


Helmet saves teenager’s life
A helmet saved the life of a 16-year-old boy.

A helmet saved the life of a 16-year-old boy who was involved in an accident at Harley Street in Nikao on Monday morning.

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the licensed motorcyclist was very lucky to have escaped serious injury.

Pitt said that according to one witness, the teenager was wearing a helmet and that saved him from serious injuries.

“His head was observed to have hit the windscreen of an oncoming vehicle. Otherwise, he sustained minor injuries to the knee and other abrasions,” Pitt said.

Danny Mataroa, the president of the Cook Islands Road Safety Council, said the latest incident proves “helmets do save lives”.

Mataroa said it was fortunate that the teenager had his helmet on which helped him escaped serious injuries.

The mandatory helmet law requiring all motor scooter and motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear approved helmet comes into force on June 26, 2020.

Mataroa said: “The helmet law comes into force soon, people might as well start getting used to it. It is evident that helmets can save lives and I think people should start getting ready to adhere to the new rule.”

The crash on Monday follows Sunday’s fatal accident in Arorangi which cost the life of a man in his late 20s.

Police said speeding was one of the contributing factors that led to the fatal crash. The deceased was not wearing a helmet.

While lamenting the loss, Mataroa reminded motorcyclists and drivers to adhere to road rules.

“We have had no road related deaths during this Covid-19 period until the fatal crash on Sunday. Just stop speeding. Don’t drink and drive. And please wear helmets at all time.”