Police target riders over crash deaths

Queensland Police will target motorcycle speeds after a spike in rider and pillion deaths in the first five months of the year, despite the reduction in traffic during the pandemic lockdown.

They have vowed to increase their presence and revert to their mobile speed camera program which had been temporarily suspended during the lockdown.

Inspector Peter Flanders says: “The bottom line is if you are on a motorcycle, you are that vehicle’s airbag. If you get hit or if you hit something it is you who takes the force.”

A total of 91 lives have been lost on Queensland roads in the first five months of 2020, up from 84 at the same time last year with 23 rider and pillion fatalities.

“Motorcyclists were highly represented in the figures, with one in four of all fatalities either motorcycle riders or passengers,” Police media says.

Stats by state

Police target riders over crash deaths
Australian statistics

It sounds like a lot, but it’s not unusual. The proportion of rider lives lost compared with total fatalities is much the same as previous years and is only three above the five-year average.

Meanwhile, the national trend shows rider deaths decreasing.

To the end of April, there were 186 deaths on motorcycles, which is actually the lowest it’s been over the past 10 years.Police target riders over crash deaths

Victoria has had 12 rider/pillion deaths to the end of May compared with 27 last year, down a whopping 56%, probably due to the lockdown.

Likewise, NSW has had 18 deaths so far compared with 24 last year and the 24 five-year average.

South Australia is also down from 11 last year to nine, although the five-year average is five.

Speed targetPolice target riders over crash deaths

In Queensland, police will target speeding as a response to the statistically anomalous spike in motorcycle road deaths.

Road Policing Command Superintendent David Johnson says motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than drivers and passengers in any other motor vehicle on our roads.

“Excess speed and loss of control are contributing factors in many traffic crashes involving motorcycles, so we really need riders to take responsibility and ride at speeds relative to the conditions and the posted speed limit,” he says.

However, we note several crashes so far this year involving unlicensed riders, stolen bikes, riders fleeing police, and riders hit by cars at intersections and on the wrong side fo the road.

  1. Well it just isn’t speed they are targeting is it? Is your chance of being killed the same regardless of the prevailing speed limit. For instance speed limits seem to vary by units of 10 from as low as 10 to as high as 110. So if you have an accident at say45 in a 40 zone you are just as likely to die as if you were doing 115 in a 110 zone? It’s nonsense
    I’m a member of the historic motorcycle club and we received notice of a chap being booked for a modified mudguard. That’s road safety etc etc etc? No it’s complete nonsense

    Until the statistics are meaningful then the actions are meaningful. My mate died in a motorcycle accident. 68 years old, riding for 50 years, no accidents, still racing in historic events on very fast bikes. Because of his age no autopsy. Conclusion, he lost control due to speed, so add that to the statistics. The real reason is that he had a heart condition and probably had a heart attack. Unlicensed, underage riders get lumped in the same statistics as do drunks, drug addled riders and those incapable bastards that should never have had a license in the first place. Who gave them the license? Anyone there taking responsibility

  2. Casual observations while I’m riding are;
    1. Mobile phone usage, it’s prolific.
    2. Four wheeled vehicles failing to STOP at STOP signs & actually look before proceeding.
    3. Turning right from left hand lanes.
    4. Turning left from right hand lanes.
    5. The best of all is the tools seriously going for it on many dual carriageways, seeing a mobile speed camera, then stopping HARD, becoming a hazard……..silly bunnies, they’ve already being pinged by the rear facing camera 😛

  3. The last sentence says it all “unlicensed riders, stolen bikes, riders fleeing police, and riders hit by cars at intersections and on the wrong side fo the road.”
    Where is the speed factor?

    So the attitude of the police is that they will target speeding motorcycles because there are too many riders on stolen bikes running from the police through compulsory stops and getting killed in a collision.

    Maybe more random stops and license checks would be the remedy….and while they are doing that, they can do an attitude check on themselves and show courtesy to the rider they’ve stopped so we don’t get pissed off at them

  4. Why motorcyclists? Why not start charging cage drivers for their inexcusable lousy driving which often causes motorcycle deaths? As an example take the Nicola Teo case & there are plenty of other examples, it isn’t always speed that is a factor. There is also the fact that so many drivers are STILL using their phones while driving, maybe it is time for a mandatory 1 month licence suspension if caught using a mobile while driving.
    These drivers are a danger to all other road users!

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