Crash increase disappoints police service

Wednesday April 18, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Motor vehicle crashes are on the rise according to the latest quarterly statistics released by the Cook Islands Police Service.

Around 64 crashes occurred in the first three months this year, up 15 on the same period last year and 19 on the year before that. Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt says the statistics are “not looking good”. 

He describes the spike in the number of accidents as disappointing for the police, especially after March had the lowest number in over three years.

Pitt says the police will continue their current traffic enforcement tactics, focusing on helmets, speed, and alcohol. Three motorists were forbidden from driving on the weekend after they were stopped at checkpoints.

All three were determined as being “at risk” by the police, after it was revealed that they had consumed alcohol.

A man also required medical attention on Sunday afternoon after crashing on Happy Valley Road in Takuvaine.

The man injured his head and also received a cut to his back. The road was temporarily closed while police examined the scene.

It is believed alcohol was a factor in the incident. 

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