Police warning to SEQ motorcycle riders

Queensland police

Riders in the South-East Queensland area should be aware of a major police campaign in the Gold Coast hinterland area starting on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

It’s called Operation North Upright and is promoted as a “road safety campaign” citing the death of 12 motorcyclists on hinterland roads in the past year.

They say the factors contributing to these crashes were speed, rider error, lack of rider experience, motorcycle visibility and collisions with other vehicles.

So we can expect police will have a significant number of radar traps and licence checks in the region.

The operation will involved police from Logan and Gold Coast police districts plus the QFES, QAS, the Department Transport and Main Roads, and Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim City Councils.

There will be educational and promotional displays at Numinbah Valley Community Hall (9am-2pm) and Beechmont Primary School (6.30am–1pm).

There may also be bike compliance checks since Main Roads officers will be present.

A release from the police says riders will notice “an increased presence of police in the South East Hinterland”.

“Intercepts of riders touring through or towards the hinterland will be increased and officers will be tasked to inspect the safety of the motorcycle, check rider license status and provide a rider safety brochure.

“Enforcement using marked and unmarked traffic policing will also be widespread in the area, predominately on the weekends and will focus on riders utilising the hinterland road networkInspector Mick Stenner from South Eastern Regional office has invited riders to “stop for a chat about road safety with experienced motorcycle officers from the Road Policing Command and other emergency services”.

Queensland Police campaign

“This facet of the operation endeavours to inform riders about safe riding techniques through displays, demonstrations, and discussions,” he says.

“All attendees will have the opportunity to see speed detection equipment, police motorcycles and marked vehicles first hand and to have any questions answered in relation to traffic legislation and crash prevention strategies.”

At regular intervals at selected locations, police and partners will encourage motorcyclists to stop for a free sausage sizzle and a chat about hazard perception, braking distances and scanning techniques.

5 Comments

  1. Going up those hills , as i ride a cruiser i have a lot of sports bike speed pass me if i was standing still , it notva race track …i done the Q- Ride 4 times in 2 years to improve my riding as a bike rider….but i found that alot of them think they own the roads , over take on double white lines when its agains the law to do that..i would like to be able to attend one of those courses they are putting on.. If people dont believe what what I’m saying i do have it all the bikes passing me on my go pro as i said like i was standing still and on bends , were you cant see on coming traffic.

  2. I hate it when they don’t really put forward the true statistics in a breakdown of the facts of accidents.
    They just need an excuse to get more money for the state govt.
    Speed = i know roads where 60k’s is to fast for the road condition and others 130 k’s is fine.
    I don’t know about QLD but both my sons did the usual course when getting their licence in NSW and they are good riders one did the Aust Post course.
    Collision with other vehicles CORRECTION other vehicles hit us we don’t hit them.

    1. Cause unless you’re riding a police motorcycle you’re obviously not experienced.

      Sad thing is, when you talk to the coppers they actually believe it which is the worry.

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