Selfies new scourge of road deaths

Selfies the new scourge of road deaths

If you think talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving is dangerous, a new trend of taking selfies has emerged to further endanger riders’ lives. A US study has found more than 15% of drivers say they take selfies while driving. And 5% “go live” while driving, possibly imitating James Corden’s enormously popular Carpool Karaoke. The …

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Police target riders on long weekend.

Victorian Police will target both road and off-road motorcyclists this Labour Day long weekend in the annual Operation Arid. Extra police resources, including 10 more “booze and drug buses”, will be deployed in priority areas, including Wangaratta/Benalla, Yarra Ranges, Geelong/ Moorabool, Glen Eira and Greater Dandenong. The operation runs from 12.01am tomorrow (8 March 2019) …

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Unrealistic road toll targets prompt knee-jerks

Ambitious road toll targets, such as the improbable Vision Zero campaign, create unrealistic expectations that only serve to goad politicians into knee-jerk responses. They usually consist of lower speed limits and crackdowns on motorcyclists who are over-over-represented in the statistics. So it comes as no surprise that Australia is not on target to meet its …

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Perth rider killed after police pursuit

A 24-year-old Perth rider has died after a woman who had been involved in a police pursuit crashed into him early Thursday morning on the wrong side of the road. Jordan Thorsager was riding his Kawasaki on the Leach highway just after midnight when he was hit head-on by the driver. Police say they were …

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Airbag suit to ‘save millions’ of riders

A patent is pending for a motorcycle seat that ejects a rider in a crash and then cocoons them in a full-length airbag suit to protect them from injury. Brooklyn start-up Airbag for Bike has posted a digital animation of the patent-pending device, claiming it could save “millions from serious accidents and death”. They also …

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Witnesses sought for two rider fatalities

It’s been a horror start to the year for motorcycle fatalities in Victoria with 12 riders now dead after two more crashes today(Sunday, February 10, 2019). Latrobe Highway Patrol officers are appealing for a witness to come forward after a fatal motorcycle collision in Mirboo North this morning. (UPDATE: Police have now identified and spoken …

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Why don’t medics rush at a crash scene?

If you’ve ever been a witness at a motorcycle crash scene you may have noticed that medics (ambulance officers and paramedics) do not seem to be in any rush. I was at the scene of a crash on Abercrombie Rd near Obern, NSW, and several riders were anxious and expressed concern because the first responders …

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Danger in lane filtering around trucks

Lane filtering around trucks can be dangerous simply because riders can be invisible to the truck driver, even if you are right in front! The Goldwing World Facebook page published the above photograph claiming all the bikes in the photo are in the truck’s blind spots. (For right-hand-drive nations the image has been reversed below.) …

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