Look out for each other

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

The Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion is re­mind­ing driv­ers and mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers to look out for each other on the roads, with rider num­bers set to in­crease sharply dur­ing the com­ing warmer months.

So far this year, 30 mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers have died on Vic­to­rian roads, com­pared with 44 at the same time last year.

In to­tal, 56 mo­tor­cy­clists (all male) died in crashes on Vic­to­rian roads last year, the high­est num­ber of mo­tor­cy­clist lives lost since 2002.

De­spite this year’s re­duc­tion, TAC road safety lead di­rec­tor Samantha Cock­field said mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers con­tin­ued to be over­rep­re­sented in road fa­tal­i­ties.

‘‘We are com­ing into the time of year when the num­ber of rid­ers on Vic­to­rian roads in­creases sharply and with that, the risk of crashes in­volv­ing mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers is higher,’’ Ms Cock­field said.

‘‘Trag­i­cally we saw a spike in peo­ple dy­ing in mo­tor­cy­cle crashes on Vic­to­rian roads last year and, while num­bers are down this year com­pared with 2016, too many peo­ple are be­ing killed in mo­tor­cy­cle crashes.’’

The TAC this month re­launched its mo­tor­cy­cle safety cam­paign ‘Driver think rider — Rider think driver’, en­cour­ag­ing rid­ers and driv­ers to share re­spon­si­bil­ity for keep­ing each other safe.

‘‘When the un­ex­pected hap­pens, rid­ers wear­ing the cor­rect pro­tec­tive gear have a better chance of avoid­ing se­ri­ous in­juries, and mo­tor­cy­cles with safety tech­nolo­gies like ABS brak­ing have a better chance of avoid­ing a crash al­to­gether,’’ Ms Cock­field said.

‘‘It is crit­i­cal that driv­ers are al­ways on the look­out for mo­tor­cy­cles and rid­ers can help by en­sur­ing they are vis­i­ble to driv­ers through cor­rect road po­si­tion­ing.’’

❝Trag­i­cally we saw a spike in peo­ple dy­ing in mo­tor­cy­cle crashes on Vic­to­rian roads last year and, while num­bers are down this year com­pared with 2016, too many peo­ple are be­ing killed in mo­tor­cy­cle crashes.❞

Death toll: This year, 30 mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers have died on Vic­to­rian roads, prompt­ing the TAC to re­mind driv­ers and rid­ers to look out for each other.

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