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Operation Safe Hills 2017-2018

04 Oct 2017 11:07am

Police are continuing the campaign against dangerous motorcycle riders, with Operation Safe Hills now underway again for the summer months.

Operation Safe Hills is a police operation using a range of strategies, including both covert mobile safety cameras and highly visible policing, aimed specifically at detecting dangerous motorcycle riders.

Assistant Commissioner Bronwyn Killmier, State Operations Service, says a small number of motorcycle riders are still choosing to ignore road safety.

“Despite frequent, targeted police operations and continuous police patrol activity, a small number of motorcycle riders continue to use our public roads as a race track and, in doing so, are choosing to put themselves and others in danger.”

Assistant Commissioner Killmier says between 2015 and 24 September 2017 there have been 379 motorcycle crashes, with 36 of those fatal crashes.

“The 379 fatal and serious injury crashes represent 20 per cent of the overall fatal and serious injury crashes in South Australia.

“Men represent 90.7 per cent of fatal and serious injuries in motorcycle crashes, with 52 per cent of all crashes occurring in rural areas and 47.5 percent occurring in metro areas.”

“Police will continue to target those who gamble with their lives to get them off our roads before they cause harm.

“However, every motorcycle rider needs to also take a reality check; if you can’t ride safely, lawfully and according to the road conditions, then stay off the roads before you kill yourself or an innocent person.”

Operation Safe Hills 2017-2018 will continue targeting dangerous motorcycle riders with different phases planned from today, through to the end of April 2018.

The Operation is in addition to police patrols continuously conducting speed detection duties and the ability of any police officer to stop any motorcycle rider at random, anywhere at any time in metro and regional South Australia to be tested for illicit drugs and alcohol.

Motorcycle Crash data:

Between 2015 - 24 September 2017 there have been 379 motorcycle crashes. This represents 20 per cent of the overall fatal and serious injury crashes in South Australia.

  • 36 fatal motorcycle crashes
  • 349 serious injury motorcycle crashes
  • 199 (52.5%) of all motorcycle  crashes occurred in the country regions – the highest rate occurring in Hills Fleurieu local service area
  • 180 (47.5%) of all motorcycle crashes occurred in metropolitan areas – the highest rate occurring in Sturt local service area
  • The most common type of crash in country areas is leaving the road out of control, with Saturday and Sunday recording the most crashes, between 2pm and 4pm.
  • In the metro areas, the most common type of crash is a right angle collision, with Thursday recording the most crashes, between noon and 2pm
  • Men represent 90.7 percent of fatal and serious injuries in motorcycle crashes.

Safety tips for motorcycle riders:

  • Traffic and road surfaces change quickly. Don’t rely on being seen: stay alert, look ahead and check your mirrors to see what’s happening around you - don’t take risks.
  • Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing position on the road.
  • Keep to the speed limit and adjust your speed downwards to the prevailing road conditions.
  • Always keep a safe following distance: three seconds in normal conditions, six seconds in wet weather or other poor conditions.
  • Look out for bumps, pot holes, loose gravel, wet leaves or other problems with road surfaces. Steel road plates, manhole covers and painted lane lines can become slippery in rain.
  • Make sure your motorcycle is in good condition. Tyres should be the right pressure and not worn or damaged. Brakes, controls and lights should be checked regularly.
  • Mirrors should be checked and adjusted every trip.
  • Be seen: the brighter your protective clothing, the easier you are to see. Use reflective stripes or tape on helmets, gloves, jackets; particularly at night or in poor weather.
  • Wearing an Australian standards helmet is the law and it could save your life. Always wear the right helmet for your head size; buy the safest you can find for you and your passenger.