POLICE are urging motorcyclists to take extra care over the Christmas break following what has been tragic week on Queensland roads.
Six motorcyclists have lost their lives on Queensland roads in the past week, taking the state’s road toll for motorcyclists to 59 this year – the highest it has been since 2012.
Road Policing Command Inspector Peter Flanders has urged motorcylists to slow down and be extra vigilant.
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“The reality is motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than drivers and passengers in any other motor vehicle on our roads,” Inspector Flanders said.
“With the increased traffic on our road networks in the lead up to Christmas, we are pleading with all road users, especially motorcyclists, to take extra care and remember the Fatal Five.
“Excess speed and loss of control are contributing factors in many traffic crashes involving motorcycles, so we really need riders to take responsibility and ride at speeds relative to the conditions.
“The faster you go on a motorbike, the more severe the impact of a traffic crash is.”
Inspector Flanders said motorists can expect extra officers enforcing traffic rules across Queensland as part of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign.
“Over the Christmas and school holiday period, police will be out in force targeting drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk by breaking the law,” he said.
“Officers will be conducting random alcohol and drug testing for drivers, undertaking both covert and overt speed enforcement strategies in high-risk zones while maintaining a highly visible presence throughout the campaign.”
Queensland’s current road toll is 238, five more fatalities than at the same time last year.
For more information about motorcycle safety visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website: https://jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/motorcycles/motorcycle-skills