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Police urge vigilance after weekend motorcycle road toll

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Police have urged drivers and motorbike riders to take extra care on the roads after five motorcyclists were killed in the state over the weekend, two on the North Coast.

A man died after the trail bike he was riding hit a tree at Rappville just south of Casino on Saturday (September 22).

Around 2pm, three men were riding trail bikes along Carwong Road when it appears one of the riders lost control and hit a tree.

Emergency services attended the crash scene; however, the man was unable to be revived.

About 2.20pmFriday (September 21), emergency services were called to Bangalow Road at Clunes, after a motorcycle collided with a tip truck and a Subaru Outback station wagon. The rider, a man believed to be aged in his 50s, died at the scene.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command assistant commissioner, Michael Corboy, said an increasing number of crashes this year were involving motorcyclists and pedestrians.

‘Six people – five of whom were motorcyclists – lost their lives on NSW roads across the weekend.

‘So far this year, our provisional data shows 41 motorcyclists and 53 pedestrians have lost their lives on NSW roads,’ assistant commissioner Corboy said.

‘As a motorcyclist myself I know how vulnerable you feel when you are on the road. It is up to all of us as riders to make sure we’re as safe as we can be.

‘While the causes of the weekend’s tragedies remain under investigation, I would encourage pedestrians and riders to be more aware of their surroundings and for drivers to realise some of their fellow road users are not as protected as they are.

‘All riders should ride according to their skills and ability and buy the best bike for their riding level.’

The other three fatal NSW motorcycle accidents involved: a 21-year-old man whose bike crashed into a fence at Dubbo on Saturday; a 46-year-old man who lost control of his motorbike at Shellharbour, also on Saturday; and a 53-year-old man whose motorbike crashed into a car at Spencer, on the Hawkesbury River, on Sunday.


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  1. Coming off a motorcycle is almost guaranteed if you’re going to be riding most of your life. The general level of riding ability I’ve witnessed is far from safe considering the powerful machines anyone can purchase. My biggest surprise is how many riders don’t have the necessary protective gear all riders should wear when out on the dirt or road. There should be a law requiring bikers to wear appropriate protective gear. I’ve been riding for over 40 years, had my share of accidents, most of which were in my earlier days but was saved from far worse injuries by wearing good quality protective clothing. Advanced riding courses would help too for anyone wanting to straddle a superbike.

  2. I await the usual cries of ‘blame the roads’. Motorbikes are only bought for their speed, the maximum of which is usually greater than cars normally drive at. They’re a highly dangerous mode of transport, so let’s recognise that fact before spending more millions re-aligning roads.

  3. I shudder, at some riders wearing shorts and short sleeve tops and inappropriate footwear.
    In my view, it doesn’t Matter what size bike you ride, it’s not having any care for yourself in this instance.
    I ride, not only socially, but commute as well.
    Further, i’ve been driving for 42 years, so i have an understanding of being in a car or on a bike.
    Different levels of concentration is paramount..


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