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Friday 28 January 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National
Police spokesperson, Trevor Pitt said he could
not say what these fines were for but said failures to ensure warrants have
been the majority of recent traffic infringements.
People with an expired warrant of fitness are
given a week to pay their fines.
Pitt said police would not consider giving
people more time to pay back fines.
He said the courts would not be clogged with
people failing to pay fines if drivers “simply did what they’re supposed to” by
keeping up their legal obligations.
A court staff member told Cook Islands News
most of the fines were paid by people before they appeared in court.
Police fined a record number of drivers for a
range of traffic offences in December, 2021. Infringements totalled 290 for the
month – a total that would normally be spread over six months or more.
Nearly 75 per cent of drivers fined were under
the age of 40. The most common minor offence – 76 per cent of the total number of
fines – was driving without a warrant of fitness.