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Police warn speeding and reckless drivers

Friday 9 September 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Crime, National

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Police warn speeding and reckless drivers
Police officer Kimiora Makitae at a police checkpoint. Cook Islands Police/21051117

Cook Islands Police are warning drivers that they will be stopped and could have their keys taken off them if found speeding in reduced speed areas.

According to police’s social media, one stretch of Rarotonga road that is habitually abused by motorists is the Reduced Speed Zone, which runs through Muri.

“Police often target this stretch although many drivers continually ignore the speed limit (30kph). Earlier today, 15 out of 18 drivers ticketed were caught speeding,” the social media page said on Wednesday.

“Road safety continues to be a priority for Police as statistical data reveals poor behaviour on the road, including a lack of concern about drinking and driving and maintaining vehicle compliance.”

Police say last month, 24 people sustained injuries as a result of crashes.

“Half the number of total crashes involved alcohol - although the main contributing factors were carelessness, inconsiderate, and poor judgement,” the statement says.  

“Also, during August, Police took the keys off 38 drivers. Over 80 per cent of those were due to alcohol consumption. And just under 80 per cent were on motorbikes.”