Road crash drivers pay costly fines

Saturday 18 July 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


Road crash drivers pay costly fines

A female driver who was under the influence of alcohol and crashed in Matavera has been ordered to pay a fine of $1200.

On July 3 at around 3.42am Tari Paia was driving towards Avarua, carelessly swerved off the road, and crashed into the Cook Islands Christian Church concrete sitting area and collided into a tree.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said the 21-year-old sustained minor injuries and admitted that she had consumed vodka the previous night at a friend’s place.

This was her first appearance in Court.

She was convicted of careless driving and excess blood alcohol - the blood result was 191 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, which was over the legal limit.

For the excess breath alcohol, she was ordered to pay $400, $50 for careless driving, church damages of $500, $150 for blood analysis and $50 for each court charge.

Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata said this was a costly night for the driver.

She advised Paia to think carefully before going out.

Paia was also disqualified from driving or holding a driving licence for the next 12 months.

In another crash case, Paul Henry was ordered to pay a fine of $500 for careless driving and excess breath alcohol.

On July 11, Henry drove a truck while under the influence of alcohol, he exited a driveway in Tupapa and failed to see if the road was clear.

Sgt Manavaroa said Henry did not see the victim coming and hit the victim who was on a motorbike.

Henry’s breath test was 670mcg.

He admitted to police that he consumed to glasses of white wine. It was his first appearance in court.

JP Temata further ordered Henry to pay reparations of $2749 for damaging the victim’s bike.

He was also disqualified from driving for the next 12 months.