Queenslander motorcyclists have been put on notice, with police kicking off a three day safety blitz from today.
Officers will spent the weekend policing high traffic areas around the state, targeting recreational riders and engaging with them about road safety habits.
It’s all in attempt to try to reduce fatalities on Queensland roads, which have reached a five-year high in 2021.
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So far this year, 41 motorcyclists have died on our roads. That’s 40 percent higher than the previous five years average of the same period.
Assistant Commission Ben Marcus says motorcyclists are the most vulnerable road users.
“Every life lost on our roads has a devastating impact on individuals, families and friends and the community and as a rider myself, motorcycle crashes hit particularly close to home,” Assistant Commissioner Marcus said.
“When you’re on a bike, everything is bigger than you and you need to correctly interpret the riding environment to ensure you are prepared and in control.”
A total of 157 lives have been lost on Queensland roads so far in 2021, 15 more than the same time last year.
Assistant Commissioner Marcus says there’s bene a spike in motorcycle registrations over the past year.
“Our analysis of these crashes is telling us that it’s male recreational riders that are most highly represented (94%).
“The weekends are when we are seeing the most crashes happen (42%) with around 55 per cent of crashes happening at around 60 – 80km/h.
“That’s why we will be out there this weekend. We want to remind you that whether you’ve been riding motorcycles for 15 years or a few months, it is paramount that all riders practice the basics and know that their actions can have direct consequences.
“We’re also asking all motorists to slow down and look out for riders. Rider safety is everyone’s responsibility, but that starts with you.”
The blitz gets underway today and will continue through until Sunday August 1.
Motorcycle fatal crash statistical analysis (current as at 11 July, 2021)
- 36 male riders, 1 female rider and 1 female pillion passenger
- The most prominent speed zone is 60km/h with 15 crashes [followed by 100km/h with 9 crashes and 80km/h with 6 crashes]
- The most prominent day of week is Saturday with 9 crashes [followed by Sunday and Wednesday 7 crashes each]
- The most prominent age groups were between 25 to 49 and 60 to 74
- Police Region breakdown increase on 2020
- South Eastern increased by 5 (or 250%)
- Brisbane increased by 5 (or 100%)
- North Coast increased by 5 (or 71.4%)
- Central remained at 2
- Southern decreased by 4 (or 57.1%)
- Northern decreased by 2 (or 50%)
- Far North decreased by 1 (or 33.3%).