Aitutaki police were out in force on the weekend with the assistance of new breathalyser equipment. 22112105
Aitutaki cops have clamped down on drinking drivers with the assistance of new breathalyser and speed radar equipment – a first for the island.
Aitutaki drivers have been hit with a sharp wake-up
call following the arrest of 14 people over the weekend.
In targeted traffic enforcement checks, Aitutaki
Police – using breathalysers for the first time – arrested eight drivers on
Friday night and six on Saturday night, for drink-driving (testing over the
legal limit for alcohol).
One driver, from Rarotonga, was scheduled to appear in
court on Monday.
The others, all Aitutaki residents, are expected to
appear in a scheduled court sitting later this week.
It comes as a wake-up call, a first, as the island’s
Police have stepped up road safety efforts with recently-gained training and
new equipment in the form of a breathalyser and speed radar.
The weekend blitz follows weeks of training in which
the policing capacity on Aitutaki has been strengthened with volunteer members
of the Are Nikau Task Force undergoing training.
Working with the community group was Commander of
Prevention Division, Inspector Maeva Kirikava, who led sessions on topics such
as radio and communications, standard police actions, powers of arrest and
entry, securing a crash scene, and stopping vehicles.
Police on Aitutaki also reached out to youth during a
recent careers expo day.
Police leadership also recently participated in
consultations with the island’s Aronga Mana.
Inspector Kirikava was engaged in presenting to a
meeting, reporting positive responses to Police interest in the community’s
Youth development programmes in particular are being
targeted at the island’s younger ones, with traditional leaders asking for more
involvement by Rarotonga Police.
Police Commissioner TJ Keenan was on the island last
month, working alongside police officers engaged in outreach to school students
on policing issues, particularly in terms of community and youth concerns, as
well as leadership development opportunities for the young ones.
At the same time, Senior Constable Alfred Marsters in
Aitutaki celebrated his attainment of 21 years of service.
The milestone in service to his community and country
was given special recognition by Commissioner Keenan, who was on hand to
present Senior Constable Marsters with his award medal.
The Commissioner’s official visit to Aitutaki was a
first, and part of broader efforts by Police leadership to work closely with
the island on awareness and capacity strengthening to contend with policing and
Commissioner Keenan and a delegation in Aitutaki held
consultative meetings with the Island Council, teachers, Are Taunga, the
Taskforce, and NGOs, on drug awareness, youth leadership development, and
Paul Montbatten on 22/11/2022
I applaud the police. Impaired drivers don’t realize that they could injure or kill themselves or others. Every year in my community, the police place a smashed car along side a road with a sign that reads” drunk driving kills”