Western Australian strategic direction for Improving the safety of motorcyclists and moped riders: 2016-2020

As part of its review, the Motorcycle Safety Review Group (MSRG) conducted a detailed analysis of motorcycle and moped fatal and catastrophic injury crashes in 2013 and 2014 to highlight any common themes and, from this and other information gained from national and international best practice and consultation with local rider groups, identified potential areas for action over the next four years to improve motorcyclist safety. The analysis of crashes, licensing, traffic and criminal offence histories confirmed that the majority of motorcyclist crashes occur in metropolitan Perth, with collisions at intersections being a significant issue. Regional motorcyclist crashes, however, were more likely to result in death and typically involved a single motorcycle losing control on curves or straight sections of road. Alcohol and the presence of illicit drugs were a factor in around one-fifth of fatally injured riders and most riders had accumulated infringements in the past, most related to speeding. About one in five riders killed in 2013 and 2014 had illegal (Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) readings of alcohol and about one in five of these riders tested positive for illicit drugs. While there was a spread of ages of crashed riders and pillion, the majority of those fatally and catastrophically injured had held their motorcycle licence long enough to hold the R class licence, allowing them to ride motorcycles that were unrestricted in power and weight. With increasing population and demand for energy-efficient transport, the use of motorcycles and mopeds is expected to continue to grow. The challenge for Government, road users and industry alike is to ensure that both existing and new riders are protected from serious harm from road trauma.

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  • Accession Number: 01596292
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 20 2016 1:55PM