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Road rage leads to car hitting rider

A 23-year-old male rider is in hospital with cuts and a suspected spinal injury after a road rage incident escalated in Sydney’s inner-west on Friday.

Police appear to have located the driver responsible, but no charges have yet been laid.

The road rage incident began about 10.45pm on Friday (20 March 2020) when the motorcyclist was leaving a friend’s home on Ian Parade, Concord.

Police say a man driving a car pulled up next to the rider and the pair began arguing.

The driver allegedly got out of his vehicle and attempted to push the rider off his motorbike. The rider pushed back and rode off.

The car followed for about two kilometres before running into the motorcycle and driving away.

Officers from Burwood Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

The rider suffered cuts and a suspected spinal injury and was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

About 8.25pm yesterday (Saturday 21 March 2020), officers executed a search warrant at a home on Northcote Street, Mortlake, and seized a number of items, including a car and clothing.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Tips on handling road rage

We should do all we can to avoid being lured into road rage as riders usually come off second-best to bigger vehicles.

Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Ian Park who created the #ridesafely4me Facebook site says he’s not sure if it’s perception or reality, but “our roads appear to be becoming angrier places”.

“Unfortunately, it seems to involve individuals from all road user groups as both the victims and the perpetrators. Motorcyclists and bicyclists are of course the most vulnerable due to the lack of physical protection around them. But the fundamentals of personal safety of the roads are no different to anywhere else,” he says.

Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Ian Park a social media sensation reasonSgt Park and a group of riders

Here are Ian’s tips to avoiding road rage:

If you find yourself feeling unsafe as a result of the actions of another road user, the first priority is to remove yourself from the situation as safely as possible. Unfortunately far too often incidents of poor behaviour by one road user to another are only exacerbated when the ‘victim’ retaliates. If another party chooses to yell at you, beep their horn or flash their lights – so what? Let them get it out of their system and get on their way. Inflaming the situation by ‘biting back’ rarely assists, and often only makes the situation more unsafe for everyone.

However if the other party continues to behave in a manner that makes you feel unsafe, then consider your environment. Perhaps pull into a service station, licensed premises or shopping centre that is likely to be fitted with external CCTV. This will often discourage the aggressor from taking the matter further if they know their actions (and registration details) are going to be recorded.

If no such place is available continue to drive without reacting to the aggressor until a place of safety is available, avoid making eye contact and attempt to disengage from the situation as best and safely as you can.

If you feel that you are in imminent danger, pull over and call triple zero (000). Don’t forget that ‘000’ from a mobile phone doesn’t necessarily go to your nearest operator, so always be ready to say ‘I need police in (name of City/town or nearest regional centre)’.

When speaking with a 000 operator, pass on relevant information that could assist police to investigate the matter, for example, registration details, descriptions of the person/s in the vehicle, time, date, correct location (in case there are traffic monitoring cameras located nearby etc.), descriptions about any features of the vehicle that are not standard (i.e. post factory fitted wheels, decorations, accessories, damage).

Emergency first-aid apps reason

If you carry any kind of video recording device, ensure the footage is set aside so that it doesn’t get recorded over before being provided to police. Make sure you don’t just secure the footage of the incident – also keep footage leading up to and beyond the incident to help clarify any potential counter claims by the other party that it was actually you that was the aggressor.

If the situation is over, but you are still of the belief that the matter warrants investigation with a view to action by police, you always have the right to report it. You can either attend your nearest open police station to speak to someone, contact the non-urgent police reporting number which is now 131 444 in almost all Australian Police Jurisdictions. Similarly most policing services across Australia also provide on-line reporting services. Just search the police service in your State or Territory to find their websites and follow the prompts.

Be mindful, however that any complaint of an incident involving one person upon another without any supporting evidence is often difficult to successfully prosecute. A successful prosecution requires sufficient evidence being presented to a court to determine that an offence was committed beyond reasonable doubt.

However, this should not prevent you from reporting the matter, but is something to keep in mind if police determine there is not sufficient evidence for a matter to proceed. It doesn’t necessarily mean police don’t believe you! If you provide police with a video recording you must be willing and able to give evidence.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies when motorcycles collided

A male rider in his 70s has died and a 46-year-old male rider has been injured when their bikes collided on a quiet South East Queensland rural road yesterday afternoon (17 March 2020).

It’s the second motorcycle-to-motorcycle collision in the state in the past few days.

Queensland Police say the riders were travelling west together along Memerambi Barkers Creek Rd, Wattle Camp, in the South Burnett, around 3.45pm when they collided.

One of the riders, a man aged in his 70s, suffered significant injuries after coming off his bike and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The other motorcyclist, a 46-year-old man, was not seriously injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Our sincere condolences to the deceased rider’s family and friends and our best wishes to the other rider for a speedy and full recovery.

Motorcycle collions

Crash injured accident

Motorcycle-to-motorcycle collisions are rare, but two motorcycles collided head-on at Advancetown on the Gold Coast hinterland on Sunday (15 March 2020) morning.

Police say they collided on a sweeping bend on Nerang Murvillumbah Road.

One rider, a 42-year-old Oxenford man, the other rider, a 58-year-old man and his 18-year-old female passenger, both from NSW, were seriously injured and transported to Gold Coast University Hospital

Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing.

Our sincere best wishes to the riders and pillion for a speedy and full recovery.

If you have information for police on either of these incidents, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Riders die in Mt Nebo plunge and van crash

(File image of riders on Mt Nebo)

A 61-year-old male rider has died in a plunge off Mt Nebo, Brisbane, yesterday morning (16 March 2020) and a rider has died in Victoria this morning in a crash with a van.

Queensland Police says their preliminary investigations indicate the rider “lost control” near Jolly’s Lookout on Mount Nebo Road about 11.30am.

The rider and his bike then fell down a steep embankment.

The Closeburn man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam footage to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000539964

Lost controlQueensland Police Cops covert

Once again we take issue with the police use of the term “lost control”.

The unfortunate term suggests blame on the rider.

That is not necessarily the case.

He could have crashed due to a road hazard, stray animal or another road user.

Mt Nebo Rd is a popular Brisbane road with riders as well as cyclists and tourists.

Police should wait until crash investigations are complete in respect to the rider’s loved ones.

They don’t beed to use the term at all. Simply state that the rider crashed.

Otherwise, it could give the possibly incorrect impression to other road users that motorcyclists have a death wish.

Victorian crash

Victorian Police say a male riders has died after a food delivery van turned across his path in Hastings about 4am today (17 March 2020).

They say the van was turning on to Hodgins Road from the Michelle Drive side street when the collision occurred.

The 21-year-old male driver of the van was arrested at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.

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Rider dies in Geelong collision

A motorcyclist has died in a collision in Geelong, Victoria this morning.

Victorian Police say the motorcycle and a black Toyota RAV4 collided on Melbourne Road, Norlane, near the intersection of North Shore Road about 6.50am.

The male rider, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.

The male driver and passenger of the car were uninjured and are assisting police with their enquiries.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or with dash cam footage to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

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Three injured in motorcycle head-on

Three riders have been injured after two motorcycles collided head-on at Advancetown on the Gold Coast hinterland this morning (Sunday, March 15).

Police say their preliminary information indicates that about 8.10am a southbound and a northbound motorcycle collided on a sweeping bend on Nerang Murvillumbah Road.

The rider of one of the motorcycles, a 42-year-old Oxenford man, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital.

The rider of the other motorcycle, a 58-year-old NSW man and his 18-year-old female passenger, also from NSW, were both seriously injured and transported to the same hospital.

Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing.

Our sincere best wishes to the riders and pillion for a speedy and full recovery.

It is not yet known if they were involved in the Black Dog 1 Dayer ride to Advancetown.Crash injured accident

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000532934

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Tip to avoid motorcycle and car theft

Here’s a tip, unfortunately gained from first-hand experience, on how to avoid one of the most common way thieves steal cars and motorcycles.

Motorcycle theft is running rampant with an increase of 10.5% to 9672 last year which is a 19.7% leap from the 8078 stolen five years ago.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft reduction Council says one of the most common ways vehicles are stolen is through house break-ins specifically to grab vehicle keys.

They often occur at houses where the garage is part of the house and connected by an internal door.

Thieves push the top of the electronic garage door, poke a wire through and pull the release cord to open the garage door.

Tip to avoid motorcycle theftEmergency release cord

Then they grab the keys – often from your kitchen bench – and drive or ride off.

Unfortunately, over the weekend we had two locked cars stolen this way from our locked garage, despite reporting this exact scenario on our website in 2o15!

Fortunately they were probably kids seeking a joy ride and didn’t take the two Ducatis that were also in the garage because they couldn’t ride.

Police explained how they force entry and suggested we tie up the quick-release cord.

Tip to avoid motorcycle theftCord ted up

They also gave us a tip to install a dead lock on the door between the garage and house.

Police say thieves also use universal remotes to see if they open remote garage doors which have a finite number of codes.

So if you are going away for a while, turn off the power to your electronic garage door.

They also suggest not leaving your keys in an obvious place.

How to secure your bike

Click here to find out other measures you can take to prevent your bike from ending up in these statistics.

  • When riding home, make sure you are not being followed.
  • Stay alert for suspicious vans or trucks driving around late at night. These are used to transport stolen motorcycles.
  • Lock the steering if it has a steering lock.
  • Put a cover over your bike. It might slow down thieves and prevent theft of accessories. But make sure it isn’t a flashy lone with the brand name of the bike on it. That only entices thieves.
  • When riding in a group, park your bikes together.
  • Consider marking your bike in a unique way that could aid in recovery and therefore dissuade thieves.
  • At hotels or public parking spaces, try to park in view of parking lot security cameras and lights.
  • Install a motorcycle alarm and/or a hidden kill switch.
  • Buy a GPS tracking system that can track and relay your bike’s speed, location and direction.

We would also like to point out how quickly police responded to our call. Within two hours local police arrived and forensics arrived another two hours later. Meanwhile, we received a call from yet another police station to say they had recovered baby seats from one of the vehicles.

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SES rescue rider who plunged off cliff

A Harley-Davidson rider is lucky to be alive after being rescued by the SES following a 20m plunge off a cliff in the Victorian Alps near Bright on Saturday (7 March 2020).

Myrtleford Police Sgt Paul Evans says the rider failed to take a tight 45-degree corner near the summit of Happy Valley Rd.

The rider and his bike skidded off the road with the Harley landing on top of the rider.

“There was a 2m skid in the gravel and then a metre with two skids which shows he went sideways, then he’s gone airborne,” he says.

The rider was not found for almost 90 minutes after the crash about 2pm.

“He was in a group of riders and to their credit they had a plan that the ‘tail-end Charley’ does a head count and when someone is not accounted for they start searching,” Sgt Evans says.

“They thought he might have run out of fuel or got ahead of them, so it took about an hour and a half to find him.

“But without that riding plan, he wouldn’t have been found for a while longer.

“I can’t emphasise enough that if you are riding in the bush you should have someone at the back who does a head count.”

SES rescue

SES RescueSES rescuers,

Bright SES Unit Controller Roy Kennedy says they had to call in Bright’s High Angle rescue team, composed of members from Bright SES and Mount Beauty CFA.

More than 20 personnel were involved in rescuing the rider who was choppered to Wangaratta Hospital with serious internal injuries.

We wish him a speedy and full recovery.

Roy says that despite the area being popular with riders, the SES did not attend a lot of motorcycle crashes.

“In a lot of cases we haven’t had to attend because if the bike goes off the road, the rider usually gets off before their bike goes over the edge,” Roy says.

“In this case he went over the edge with the bike.

“It was pretty nasty.”

Popular region

Brighter Days festival of rock motorcycles and carsBright is a popular destination for riders

Roy, a former Triumph Bonneville owner, says a lot of interstate riders come through the Victorian Alps region on their way to Phillip Island for the MotoGP and World Superbikes who don’t know the challenging mountainous area very well.

“You’ve got to know the road,” he says.

“If you don’t, riders need to ride within their capabilities. That’s the key.”

He acknowledged the good behaviour of motorists who cleared the road for the rescue vehicles.

The area was devastated by bushfires over summer, but riders are now returning to the scenic Victorian Alps.

While locals have welcomed the return of tourists, the down-side is that SES crews have been active again after a busy fire season.

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Witnesses sought for stolen bike crash

Queensland Police are appealing for witnesses or dashcam vision after an allegedly stolen motorcycle crashed in Miles last Saturday (29 February 2020).

They say that about 12.20pm a man and woman were riding on a black 2004 Honda VTR1000F motorcycle east on Murilla Street towards Colamba Street.

At the intersection of Wallen Street, the motorcycle collided with a vehicle while overtaking and both the rider and pillion were thrown from the motorcycle.

The man and woman were both seriously injured and flown to hospital.

Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam or CCTV footage to contact police.

It will be alleged the Honda VTR1000F was stolen from an address on Pine Street around 11.30am last Saturday.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000425356

Stolen bikes

Motorbike theft is running rampant in Australia, but mainly in metropolitan areas, led by South East Queensland is rampant.

Despite accounting for just 5% of registrations, motorcycle thefts now account for one in six stolen vehicles, according to National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council figures.

The sobering statistics also show that almost two in three motorcycles are stolen from the home, one in six motorcycle theft victims have previously been a victim of theft and more than half of all stolen bikes are never recovered.

Council Projects and Communications Coordinator Caitlin Hrambanis says there could be several reasons for the explosion on motorcycle theft rates:

  • The ease with which they are stolen;
  • A high demand for parts; and
  • The lack of security measures by riders.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in crash into trees

A man believed to be in his 30s has died when his motorcycle crashed into trees on Mandalong Rd in the Lake Macquarie region of NSW about 6.15pm yesterday (2 March 2020).

NSW Police believe the rider was travelling south on the gravel road when his bike left the roadway and crashed into trees.

The rider was treated by passing motorists until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived but he died at the scene.

The man is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged in his 30s.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District attended and established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist police.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

The result of the crash may never be known, but at that time of evening in that forested area, wildlife could have played a part.

Critical condition

Meanwhile, a man is still in a critical condition in Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, after a motorcycle crash in Sydney’s south-west on Saturday.

NSW Police have been told a motorcycle and car travelling south on Edgar Street near Augusta Street, Condell Park, collided about 12.45pm.

The motorcycle crashed into a pole.

The rider, a 23-year-old man, was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene before being taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our sincere condolences to the deceased rider’s family and friends and our sincere best wishes to the injured rider for a full and swift recovery.

Stupid speed

In Victoria, Greensborough Highway Patrol caught a motorcycle rider speeding and drink driving at Watsons Creek on Sunday morning.

Officers clocked the Ducati motorcycle travelling along Eltham Yarra Road at 110km/h in a 60km zone about 9.45am.

The rider was intercepted, and the male rider returned a positive preliminary breath test.

He was taken to a police station where he returned a blood alcohol reading of .061.

The motorcycle was immediately impounded for 30 days.

A 35-year-old Diamond Creek man is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving and exceed speed.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in Warrego Highway crash

A 47-year-old male rider has died in a collision with a car at the notoriously dangerous Minden turnoff on the Warrego Highway, Queensland, last night (27 February 2020).

Queensland Police say the rider was heading west on the highway about 7.20pm and turned into Lowood-Minden Road.

His bike collided with a car travelling east heading from Hattonvale.Crash

Police say the rider was “pronounced deceased at the scene”.

The driver of the car, a 36-year-old Minden woman and a 12-year-old boy were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

An 18-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends and our best wishes to the injured for a swift and full recovery.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has dashcam footage is urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000413301 

Notorious Warrego intersection

The Warrego Highway intersection is notorious for accidents.

We’ve witnessed two crashes at the site over the years.

In recent year’s it’s been upgraded, but it probably now needs a flyover to cope with increased traffic from nearby urban developments.

Tragic week

It’s been a tragic week since Sunday with six deaths and an injury in the three eastern states.

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