There is a life Riding on it.

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In September last year, Nikki-Anne Mooney’s family were delivered the devastating news that Nikki-Anne’s brother, Timothy McKenzie, 23, was involved in a serious motorbike accident on Ann Street, Kallangur and that he was in a critical condition. A 33-year-old woman had been attempting to make a right turn when she collided with his bike while he was traveling in the opposite direction. Sadly, he passed away in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital two weeks after the accident. Just days later, a 43-year-old man was also tragically killed on Ann Street, whilst riding his motorcycle. Since the untimely passing of her brother, Nikki-Anne has launched a campaign to assist in raising awareness to motorists to keep an eye out for fellow road users. Her Facebook page, Australian Motorcycle Safety Awareness, currently has a following of 724 people, with informative posts regarding road safety appearing in their newsfeed regularly. Earlier this year Nikki-Anne organized a ride in memorial of Timothy. Sixty-nine riders took part. Starting at Sutton’s Beach in Redcliffe, the riders ended their journey at Ann Street, Kallangur with Timothy’s mum, Debbie McKenzie there to greet them. The other purpose of the ride was to remind road users to remain vigilant with checking for motorbikes, ensuring that they check their mirrors and over shoulder regularly. Lane filtering laws came into effect on February 1st, 2015. This change to the Queensland road rules now allows motorcycles to weave between cars to better position themselves by moving between stationary or slow-moving vehicles, which aids in reducing congestion on the roads. Please be aware of motorcycles lane filtering! Motorcycle safety – get the facts Motorcycle riders are among our most vulnerable road users. Motorcycles make up around one in every twenty motor vehicles registered in Queensland, that’s approximately 200,000 registered motorcycles on our roads. Fifty-four motorcyclists were killed in 2015, which represents a 45.9% increase from 2014, and 13.9% increase over the previous five years. Motorcycle riding in Queensland is influenced by the seasons. Fine, cooler weather in late Autumn/early Winter can encourage more riding, and these times have been associated with an increased number of motorcycle crashes.

An analysis of fatal motorcyclist crashes reveals the greatest at risk riders are:

 

  • male aged between 21 and 29 or 50 and 59 years
  • riding on weekends on recreational routes in South East Queensland
  • disobeying one or more road rules
  • speeding affected by drugs or alcohol
  • over their blood alcohol concentration limit
  • unlicensed riders riding an unregistered motorcycle

A life is a life riding on it

August 10, 2017 |

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