The first weekend of the school holidays has brought horror to NSW roads, with six people dying since Friday afternoon.
Five of those killed were motorcyclists, prompting the highway patrol police to urge riders to be more vigilant when they are on the road.
The causes of each of the fatal accidents are still under investigation, but Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner, Michael Corboy, implored all riders to “ride according to their skills and ability”.
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“As a motorcyclist myself I know how vulnerable you feel when you are on the road,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said in a statement.
“It is up to all of us as riders to make sure we’re as safe as we can be,” he added.
“I would encourage riders to be more aware of their surroundings and for drivers to realise some of their fellow road users are not as protected as they are.
“All riders should ride according to their skills and ability and buy the best bike for their riding level.”
The first fatal crash happened around 2.20pm on Friday, when a motorbike collided with a tip truck and a station wagon on Bangalow Road at Clunes, about 20km north-east of Lismore. The rider, a man believed to be aged in his 50s, died at the scene.
On Saturday, there were a spate of fatal accidents across the afternoon, including two male motorbike riders who hit trees in separate incidents; and a 21-year-old man who crashed his motorbike into a fence.
Also on Saturday, an 18-year-old man died and three people – a 17-year-old girl and two boys, aged 14 and 12 – were seriously injured when a car crashed and rolled near Armidale.
On Sunday, a 53-year-old male motorcyclist died in a collision involving his motorbike and a car at Spencer, on the Hawkesbury River.
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