Last year, 47% of all fatal traffic crashes across the South Eastern Policing Region involved motorcycles, more than double the state average. The majority of the Region’s 15 fatal motorcycle crashes (80%) took place in the Gold Coast Hinterland and rural areas of Logan District.
As a result police from both the Logan and Gold Coast Districts, in conjunction with Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, together with the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim City Councils have joined forces to target the issue of rider safety in the hinterland area under the banner of Operation North Upright.
Operation North Upright is a road safety campaign designed to raise awareness of the potential risks of riding motorcycles on hinterland and rural roads and contributing factors that include speed, rider error and inexperience.
On Sunday March 20 between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm police and partners will encourage motorcyclists to stop for a free sausage sizzle and have a chat about road safety including hazard perception, braking distances and scanning techniques.
The locations for the event are:
• Syd Duncan Park, on Outlook Ave, Lower Beechmont;
• Tamborine School Park, on Waterford Tamborine Road, Tamborine
Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Buckingham said engaging with motorcyclists was an important part of promoting road safety for riders.
“This is the second time we’ve engaged in this kind of operation and it is a very important initiative for motorcyclists. I invite bike riders enjoying the hinterland on Sunday March 20 to stop in for a chat about road safety with experienced motorcycle officers from the Road Policing Command and other emergency services,” Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Buckingham said.
“We want to give riders the information they need to stay safe on our roads through displays, demonstrations, and discussions.
“People will have the opportunity to see speed detection equipment, police motorcycles and marked vehicles first hand. We’re also here to provide answers to any traffic related questions and crash prevention strategies.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the operation supported City of Gold Coast’s Road Safety Plan, which aimed to reduce road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2020.
“We’re very happy to be working co-operatively with QPS and we encourage all motorcycle riders to invest in a rider safety course, be aware of your own ability, ensure your motorcycle is up to standard and wear protective clothing,” Mayor Tate said.