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Motorcycle campaign reaches halfway point

Motorcycle campaign reaches halfway point with pleasing results

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 4:25pm

Central

As the Central District Police Month of Motorcycles campaign reaches its halfway point, the results so far are encouraging with the majority of motorcyclists demonstrating responsibility on the roads.

The Month of Motorcycles 2013 runs from 20 November to 20 December in Central District, during which time Police proactively speak to motorcycle and moped riders with a focus on vehicle conditions, safety equipment, clothing, licences, rider behaviour, and legal compliance. Checkpoints are also a part of the campaign with the support of partners agencies such as ACC.

"This is the fourth year of the campaign and the positive response that we have had from riders over the years shows that this is a worthy initiative. So far the feedback from officers that have had interactions with riders is encouraging with the majority being fully compliant," said the officer in charge of Highway Patrol for Central District, Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery.

"The focus of the campaign is not about targeting motorcyclists to issue infringement notices. While we will deal with offences that we identify, the focus is to engage with riders to raise awareness and remind them of the added risks they face on the road."

During last year's campaign numerous motorcyclists were spoken to and while some offences were detected, Police were pleased that the majority of motorcyclists were complying with the regulations, riding sensibly, and wearing the correct safety gear.

"The campaign is also about encouraging both car drivers and motorcycle riders to respect each other. Police want to help motorists and riders stay safe on the roads but we can't do this alone. Road safety is everyone's responsibility," said Senior Sergeant Burbery.

Police would also like to remind those riders participating in the annual Coast to Coast motorcycle run, which runs from Himatangi to Akitio scheduled for Saturday the 14th of December to take care, especially as there will be a large number of motorcycles involved and riding in groups. Those driving other vehicles on the roads on that day should also be aware and take extra care.

Officers will be supporting this event by escorting the riders on a leg of the run, as well as promoting road safety by speaking with riders and handing out motorcycle safety information.

Before you embark on your journey:

• Ensure your bike is regularly maintained, registered, and warranted.

• Always wear an approved safety helmet and the appropriate safety clothing and footwear. No bare skin and jandals!

• If you are riding a motorcycle that was manufactured on or after 1 January, 1980, the headlight must be switched on at all times when on the road.

• Ensure you comply with any conditions of a graduated (learner or restricted) drivers' licence.

• Make sure all your lights are working and your battery is healthy.

• Be prepared for the weather - check the forecast before you head out for a ride. The last thing you want is to be caught unaware by rain or hail.

• It can be tiring riding for long periods of time — Fatigue can be a killer so pullover, have a break and a snack, and recharge.

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