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Monday, 21 March 2016

EASTER BIKE BLITZ

BEWARE EASTER BIKE BLITZ IN VICTORIA!
BLAME THE VICTIM!  POLICE DISGUST!?!?

POLICE WILL SET UP ROAD BLOCKS and pull riders over regardless of whether the rider is doing the right thing or not. Highway Patrol Sgt Neil Campbell is "sick of picking up the pieces" after cars hit motorcycle & scooter riders. 
Motorcycle & scooter riders are sick of being the pieces. .
Damien
IRG
LEADER NEWSPAPER - MELBOURNE
POLICE DISGUST OVER MOTORCYCLIST BEHAVIOUR, as rider hit in Ringwood East.
March 16, 2016 11:06am
Emma-Jayne SchenkMaroondah 

MAROONDAH POLICE say they’re “fed up and disgusted” with motorcyclists’ reckless behaviour on the roads after a horror start to the year. This morning a motorcyclist suffered serious chest and spinal injuries in a crash in Ringwood East.
The man, in his 20s, was riding on Canterbury Rd near Bedford Rd at 7am when he collided with a car coming out of a side street. He remains in a stable condition at the Alfred Hospital, with police labelling speed as a factor.
(Damien - I'm not sure police aren't prejudicing any legal proceedings which may follow a crash, by giving the media their opinion of a possible contributing factors.)
Twenty-three men have been killed on Victorian roads this year. 
(Damien - 24 as of last night. 21/3/2016. That's close to 1 every 3 days in 2016. Most victims were hit by cars breaking the law!) 

Highway patrol Sergeant Neil Campbell said police were sick of picking up the pieces.
“(Maroondah and Knox police are) disgusted by the way motorcycle riders are treating our roads,” he said. “They need to start riding within their abilities, wear correct safety equipment and ride within the speeds.”
Sgt Campbell, who is a motorcycle rider himself, said in two of the past three serious accidents in the region involving motorcycles, riders were not wearing adequate safety gear. (Damien - safety gear laws coming???)
“I understand everyone’s right to use the roads but it looks like some people think they’re invincible,” Sgt Campbell said. “Most do the right thing but through some people’s stupidity, it has flow-on effects for the whole of society — the families, emergency workers, and people witnessing these accidents.
“We’re the ones who have to pick up the pieces and we’re getting sick of it.”
Sgt Campbell said motorists also needed to be more aware of motorcyclists, who can appear without warning.
On February 25, Victoria Police announced a safety blitz after 20 men died in motorbike crashes since the start of the year, almost triple the figure for the same period the previous year.
Sgt Campbell said Maroondah and Knox police would be setting up road blocks and pulling over motorcycle riders — regardless of whether they were doing the right thing or not.They will also pull over cars with motorcycles in trailers.
Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the blitz would focus on crash hot spots such as intersections and other areas with a high concentration of riders and drivers.
Victorian Motorcycle Council spokesman John Eacott urged riders to wear protective clothing and take a refresher course if they hadn’t ridden for some time.
Comments
Craig
I don't see many motorcycle riders with their face stuck in their mobile phones. But sure, let's keep on blaming the victim eh?
Tony
Sergeant Campbell - just what part of a car pulled out of a side street don't you understand. You need to and read the whole of what Doug Fryer said before you make such comments.
Chris
They also mention 2/3 riders were not wearing the appropriate safety gear.

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