Push for motorcycle safety

Last updated 12:00 15/11/2012

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Motorcyclists will be targeted by Central District Police in a month-long campaign to raise awareness about motorcycle safety.

Last year, there were five fatal crashes involving motorcycles in the Central District and motorcycle crashes contributed to 12 per cent of injury crashes.

Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery, of Central District Highway Patrol, said this would be the third year for the campaign.

A total of 645 motorcyclists were spoken to during last year's campaign, and most were acting responsibly.

But police still issued 153 notices for speed-related offences, 29 riders were in breach of their licences and 19 had vehicles with faults.

Throughout the month to December 16, police will be speaking to motorcycle and moped riders, with a focus on vehicle condition, safety equipment, clothing, licences, rider behaviour and legal compliance.

There will also be checkpoints, with the support of ACC and Horizons Road Safe, and riders will be provided with road safety information packs.

Mr Burbery said the aim was to make riders aware of the issues and remind them of their vulnerability, rather than targeting them to hand out infringement notices.

From October 1 new rules apply to the types of motorcycles learner and restricted licence holders can ride.

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- Manawatu Standard

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