FOUR motorcyclists have been killed in separate crashes on NSW roads over the weekend, prompting police to issue a warning to motorcycle riders to take extra care.
Between Friday 8 December and Sunday 10 December, four men lost their lives after they were involved in separate crashes across the state.
The first accident happened about 3.30pm on Friday, when a 55-year-old rider died after he left the roadway on Guyra Road at Tingha, and struck a tree.
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The following day, a 48-year-old rider died after he left the roadway and also struck a tree on Knobys Lookout Road at Woolgoolga.
About 2.45pm on Sunday, a 25-year-old rider died after he left the road and struck a dividing fence on Richmond Road at Marsden Park.
Later that night, about 8.55pm, a 22-year-old rider died after his motorcycle and a car crashed on Wollongong Road at Arncliffe.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said the number of deaths on our roads, especially among motorcyclists, is alarming.
“Sadly, five people died on our roads in the course of one weekend, bringing the total number of deaths on NSW roads this year to 361,” Commissioner Corboy said.
“Four of the people that died this weekend were motorcyclists, and it needs to serve as a stark reminder of the dangers on our roads.
“We have already seen 58 motorcyclists die on our roads this year. That is 58 people who have left to go on a ride, never to return home.”
Assistant Commissioner Corboy said he wants motorcycle riders to remember that they are among the most vulnerable on the road.
“Motorcycles don’t have airbags or seatbelts and when they are involved in a crash, it is easy for a rider to be seriously injured or even killed.
“Personal responsibility lies with motorcycle riders to ride to the conditions, slow down, and take personal responsibility for their riding behaviour, so that they can return home safely.”