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Encouraging Results From Month Of Motorcycles

Encouraging Results From Month Of Motorcycles

The majority of motorcyclists stopped during the Month of Motorcycles campaign were responsible road users and not one was identified as being over the drink drive limit which Central District Police say is an encouraging result.

The Month of Motorcycles campaign ran from 20 November 2013 to 20 December 2013 in Central District, during which time Police proactively engaged with motorcycle and moped riders with a focus on vehicle conditions, safety equipment, clothing, licences, rider behaviour, and legal compliance.

A total of 312 checkpoints across the District ran throughout this period and during this time 612 motorcyclists were stopped.

"Overall we were pleased with motorcyclists' attitudes regarding riding to the conditions, motorcycle condition, and driver licensing, says Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery, officer in charge of Central District Highway Patrol.

"Out of the 612 stopped, not one was found to be riding over the drink drive limit and I want to thank these motorcyclists for being responsible and considerate road users.

"The majority of motorcyclists are road safety conscious and while I commend them for their efforts in helping Police keep the roads safe, there are still a small minority that are exceeding speed limits and not adhering to their licence conditions.

"If you are identified riding your motorcycle on an incorrect licence, or exceeding the speed limit you can expect to receive an infringement."

116 infringements were issued during the campaign; 46 for exceeding the speed limit, 31 for not adhering to licence conditions, 30 for unsatisfactory motorcycle condition, and 9 for other traffic-related offences.

Two motorcycles were also impounded and four motorcyclists were forbidden to drive.

"I want to take this opportunity to also remind motorcyclists to wear high visibility gear and ensure your bike is up to riding standard before you embark on a journey."

The risk of a motorcyclist being killed or seriously injured in a crash is about 18 times higher than for a car driver.

"Motorcyclists are very vulnerable and we urge all motorcyclists and motorists to please take care on our roads and ensure they remain alert and aware of their conditions and surroundings.

"The messages are simple and whether you get behind a wheel or handlebars they are the same.

"Remember to watch your speed and following distance, seatbelts are not optional so always buckle up, wear a helmet on your motorcycle, take a break if you’re tired, and never drink and drive or ride," says Senior Sergeant Burbery.


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