Plea for mo­torists to be more alert, con­sid­er­ate

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART

A Mata­mata man who was se­ri­ously in­jured in a scooter ac­ci­dent last year is plead­ing with mo­torists to show more cau­tion on the road.

Ray­mond McCheyne crashed into the side of a van in Au­gust af­ter it backed out of a park­ing spot into the path of his 50cc scooter.

He was thrown through the back win­dow and suf­fered ex­ten­sive in­juries in­clud­ing a bro­ken shoul­der, frac­tured col­lar­bone and nerve dam­age.

‘‘I also cut my neck open – I’m ac­tu­ally lucky to be alive, very lucky,’’ McCheyne said.

McCheyne said driv­ers needed to be more con­sid­er­ate of other road users, par­tic­u­larly on busier roads.

‘‘I just re­ally think people need to stop and think what they’re do­ing be­fore they’re back­ing out or turn­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘People look around this town.

‘‘ All they’re think­ing is they have to be some­where quick. They don’t think about their ac­tions.’’

McCheyne’s com­ments come af­ter a 29-year-old Mata­mata man lost a leg af­ter a col­li­sion be­tween his mo­tor­cy­cle and a car on Firth St last Satur­day.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said the car turned in front of the mo­tor­cy­cle and po­lice were still de­cid­ing if charges would be laid.

Mata­mata act­ing of­fi­cer in charge Con­sta­ble Gareth Carter said mo­tor­cy­clists had to be proac­tive in keep­ing safe.

‘‘ They have to be wary and ex­pect the un­ex­pected,’’ he said.

He sug­gests mo­tor­cy­clists wear bright cloth­ing and per­haps not ride when weather is bad, and turn head­lights on.

He also rec­om­mends that rid­ers take lessons to learn about keep­ing safe.

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