Monday, 9 July 2012
HI VIZ VEST LAW 2
"WITHIN 18 MONTHS THE GOVERNMENT
WILL LEGISLATE THAT
ALL YOUR JACKETS
HAVE GOT TO BE THIS
Snr Sgt Gore of Wangaratta in Victoria told a forum and the media what
the current Parliamentary Inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety
would find. The inquiry ends in December 2012. Sans ifs or buts he was
quoted saying dayglo jackets for road riders would be law in 18
He used Ulysses Club members to give his theory on compulsory
high-visability vests for riders some credibility and the Wangaratta
Chronicle ran a picture story on June 22, 2012.
There is no evidence to suggest that hi viz clothing keeps riders safe
because no good science on the subject has ever been done in
Australian conditions. Road safety laws should be evidence-based.
IF hi viz gear works, it is a minor contributor to bike safety. A far
greater contributor to the safety of all vulnerable road users
(pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle & scooter riders) would be an
improvement in car driver awareness and behaviour. Most vulnerable
road user casualties are caused by car driver error.
It is likely that riders who take care to buy and wear hi viz gear are
careful road users generally.
That kind of logic and the lack of good science on hi viz gear didn't
seem to trouble Sgt Gore. The law according to Gore.
"If you don't like this, stop riding motorcycles," he said.
"Within 18 months the government will legislate that all your jackets
have got to be this color." Dayglo lime green!
Little wonder most riders feel authorities target motorcyclists
unfairly. To many riders Sgt Gore's message was too similar to the
recent TAC campaign - BLAME THE VICTIM.
Independent Riders' Group spokesman Damien Codognotto OAM responded.
"I've been riding in traffic since 1967. I wear darker colours on the
bike and I'm still here. Police will have to prove their theories in
court because I won't routinely wear a dayglo vest."
If you think Sgt Gore has exceeded his authority telling the media
that he believed it was inevitable the Victorian Road Safety Committee
would find for tougher bike laws and that hi viz vests would be law in
18 months, let Police Minister, Peter Ryan MP, know.
Cc the Leader of the Opposition.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group