A local security firm is planning on setting up a transit service in a bid to stop drunk driving fatalities.
Chris Denny, the managing director of Cook Islands Security Services, says a lot has been said about the proposed changes to road safety legislation, but little on the drinking culture that exists in Rarotonga.
Denny said these proposed laws may lower road fatalities, but “it will not reduce drinking habits”.
He said people in Rarotonga have no problem getting to the drinking wells but getting home was the issue.
And to stop people driving while under the influence of alcohol, he is looking to establish a transit service that will help Cook Islanders get home safely.
Denny said as a parent it would be nice to know that young ones have this option to get home in one piece when stranded.
“We will even bring your bike or car home with you if need be.”
Denny is looking to have a new team of uniformed security officers and security vehicles for this transit service.
“At this stage I’m putting my hand up to help with our transport services or lack of it, especially to service our local needs,” he said.
“Most transport services really cater to airport pick up and drop off and these busy times for them are when they’re needed in town as locals leave the clubs to go home.”
Denny said he would be filling in a void nobody wants to deal with.
There is a catch though, you must be a Cook Islands Security member to access their services.
“They only have to quote their membership number and we will retrieve them. This will also apply to visitors if they are stranded,” he said.
Membership maybe $5 per year and then maybe $10 a ride even if they have to share the ride with other members. The driver will be a security officer and in a well-marked vehicle
He said there could be some approval hurdles to jump through but he sees this as a positive step towards the island’s road safety issues and welcomes any feedback.