Police campaign finds motorbikers ride sober

Last updated 12:00 07/01/2014

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In a month-long police focus on motorbikes, more than 600 motorcyclists were stopped, but no-one was caught drink-driving.

The campaign ran from November 20 until December 20 last year in the Central District.Police focused on vehicle conditions, safety equipment, clothing, licences, rider behaviour, and legal compliance.

During that time, 312 checkpoints were held throughout the district and 612 motorcyclists were stopped. Police issued motorcyclists with 116 infringement notices - 46 for speeding, 31 for not adhering to licence conditions, 30 for unsatisfactory motorcycle condition, and nine for other traffic-related offences.

Two motorcycles were also impounded and four motorcyclists were forbidden to drive.

Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery, the officer in charge of Central District Highway Patrol, commended motorcyclists as not one was caught drink-driving during the campaign.

Most were road safety conscious, but there was still a small number who exceeded the speed limit and who did not adhere to their licence conditions, he said

"If you are identified riding your motorcycle on an incorrect licence, or exceeding the speed limit you can expect to receive an infringement [notice]."

The risk of a motorcyclist being killed or seriously injured in a crash is about 18 times higher than for a car driver, and high-visibility gear should be part of a rider's everyday kit, Mr Burbery said.

"Motorcyclists are very vulnerable and we urge all motorcyclists and motorists to please take care on our roads and ensure they remain alert and aware of their conditions and surroundings.

"The messages are simple and whether you get behind a wheel or handlebars they are the same.

"Remember to watch your speed and following distance, seatbelts are not optional so always buckle up, wear a helmet on your motorcycle, take a break if you're tired, and never drink and drive or ride."

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- Manawatu Standard

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