Police offer advice on defensive bike riding
A WET weekend finish to the school holidays at the crash-prone Six Mile stretch of the Bruce Hwy... it was the perfect time and place to promote road safety.
Police District Crime Prevention Co-ordinator Deb Wruck and volunteer Brian Donovan were talking to two motorcyclists at the Gold Nugget service station yesterday morning, and that was perfect too.
Acting Senior Constable Wruck said motorcyclists were disproportionately represented in road death statistics.
It was something that could only be improved by better riding and better driving, she said.
"Motorcycles are 5% of all registered vehicles other than trailers in the Central Police District," she said.
"But they account for 18% of fatalities.
"Last year they were linked to 11 deaths and 394 injuries.
"So far this year, to July 7, we've already had six fatalities and 139 crash injuries involving motorcycles," she said.
Act Snr Const Wruck said police were campaigning to promote low-risk riding, aiming to improve the riding safety behaviour and attitudes of the people who suffer most of the damage, motorcyclists themselves.
Their checklist for safer riding included checking the machine, checking helmets and protective clothing, taking note of weather conditions like rain or heat, riding well and paying attention.