number plates yet again. Melbourne's Herald Sun is only to happy to back
their call regardless of the facts they printed in this case and the
fact that front ID on bikes is a discredited concept.
Please consider writing to your local papers about this one.
Police renewed their call for front number plates on motorcycles after
a race replica recorded doing 146 kph on the Hume Freeway at 10am
on a Sunday. (Hoon Hunt 18/6/2013)
The Independent Riders' Group condemns the irresponsible and dangerous
actions of this rider but he or she should not be seen as typical of
Victoria's 326,000 licence holders.
On The Hume in good conditions 146 kph is not necessarily life
Constable Piscioneri gave chase. The bike accelerated to a deadly 273
kph. Maybe the rider did not have a licence or the bike was
unregistered or stolen. That's no excuse, but it looks like the chase
pushed the speed up. How fast did the police car have to go to get to
"within four car lengths" of the bike from a standing start?
Would have been a front page story with editorial and a follow up item
the next day if the bike had been a sports car?
How often during this dangerous chase did the constable see the front
of the bike? By all means catch and punish speedsters but do it
reasonably safely and don't use an isolated case to push front
number plates on a generally law-abiding community.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group