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Thursday, 28 August 2014

"WE JUST WANT TO MINIMISE THE TRAUMA." SNR SGT ROBERTS

COMING TO VIC FOR THE GP? BETTER BE SURE YOU ARE ROADWORTHY & UP WITH THE LATEST LAWS. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU ARE ON "Ls" OR "Ps" YOU MAY HAVE TO WEAR A HI VIZ VEST. PENALTIES APPLY. POLICE IN VIC ARE GETTING READY TO REPEL TOURISTS EARLY THIS YEAR. MINIMISE THE TRAUMA? MY FAT AUNT!

G'day Damien, just posted this on Facebook; made my blood boil, but it doesn't take much to do that lately!  Cate :-)
STAR COMMUNITY JOURNAL

Posted on 25 August 2014 By CASEY NEILL


'Bike Clampdown'

- Greater Dandenong Highway Patrol targeting spring because of the warmer weather and October’s Moto GP.


- Checking bikes are roadworthy and warning riders about lane-splitting, riding up service lanes and taking unnecessary risks.
*Read the comments under the article!

http://dandenong.starcommunity.com.au/journal/2014-08-25/bike-clampdown/


Nothing about targeting other road users who regularly deny our existence and wipe us out.
MOTORCYCLE crashes are behind a new police operation targeting riders.


Greater Dandenong Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Scott Roberts said his officers would pull over “just about every motorbike they see” during the next few months.


“There’s been an unfortunate increase in accidents involving motorbike riders,” he said.


“Every time a motorbike rider comes off his bike there’s an injury, and more often than not it’s classified as a serious injury.


“We’ve decided to do something about it.”


Officers will check whether bikes are roadworthy and warn riders about lane-splitting, riding up service lanes and taking unnecessary risks.


“Some of them behave outrageously,” Sen Sgt Roberts said.


“I’m a motorbike rider myself but I don’t take those sorts of risks.


“I saw a learner in the rain scream up behind me and overtake me.


“I just wonder how much longer he’s going to last.”


He said police were targeting spring because of the warmer weather and October’s Moto GP.


“Motorbikes get put away over the winter months. Riders dust them off and get out in the nicer weather,” he said.


“Sometimes they haven’t ridden for a while so they’re a bit rusty with their skills, or they haven’t checked the bike out.


“We just want to minimise the trauma.”

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