NEW COOK ISLANDS LAWS TARGET ROAD SAFETY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 27) – The Cook Islands Road Safety Council’s chair welcomes new laws on the compulsory wearing of motorcycle helmets, the introduction of breathalyzers, and a cut in speed levels.

Parliament has passed the Transport Amendment Act requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets from April next year, while police will be allowed to use breathalyzers to test for drunk-driving offences from mid December.

In addition, the speed limit was lowered from sixty to fifty kilometers per hour.

The changes are aimed reducing the number of fatal road accidents.

Don Silk, is happy about the changes and believes it will make a difference to the road safety.

He says, "We have had quite a vigorous campaign for the last eighteen months, both on television and in the newspaper about drink driving among other things. I think it’s a very satisfactory outcome. Hopefully it will mean there will be less drink-driving and less fatal accidents."

Don Silk hopes residents will comply with the new regulations.

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