Safer Coromandel for motorcyclists

Safer Coromandel for motorcyclists

Waikato

What does every motorcyclist riding in the Coromandel region need for their bike?  A handy map of the location and visor cloths at the same time of course.

New Zealand Police Road Policing Group in the Coromandel have teamed up with the local Road Safety Co-ordinator from Eastern Waikato councils to distribute a limited supply of the cloths. 

Developed alongside ACC these cloths also give the local Council and NZ Transport Agency state highway phone number.  Encouraging motorcyclists to report any issues they come across on their ride.

Officer in Charge - Strategic Traffic Unit Sergeant Jim Corbett says while the Coromandel has some of the best riding in the world, we really don't want any more crashes in our region. 

“Motorcycles are over represented in New Zealand for fatal and serious crashes. 

“They account for 15% of all road deaths, 10% of all road injuries and are 20% of ACC's claims, yet motorcyclists account for less than 3% of road users,” said Sergeant Corbett.

Ingrid Le Fevre - East Waikato Road Safety Co-ordinator for the eastern Waikato councils says the polishing cloth has been developed with motorcyclists in mind.  It has contact numbers, riding tips and what to look out for as well as a map and information for the Rideforever website on it. 

“We really want to encourage motorcyclists to upskill, more than a third of fatal crashes are caused by riders losing control of their bike.  Our Coromandel roads can have anything on them from loose gravel, cows, diesel spills, campervans and boats being towed you never know what is around the windy corners,” said Ms Le Fever.

“Nearly three-quarters of fatal motorcycle crashes happen on the open road and often on bends, our roads are amazing to ride and wearing good protective gear helps keep you safe.  Why not give your rider the gift of experience this year and get them some rider training.”

If you're travelling to the Coromandel this summer and want the chance to win a limited edition polishing cloth keep an eye on the 'Safer Coromandel' Facebook and Instagram pages.

Sergeant Corbett appreciates that riding the Coromandel can be challenging for new or inexperienced riders.

“Our roads push rider’s concentration and skill level to the limit in some spots, so they may not be appropriate for all riders.  Do your homework and make the safe choice for you,” said Sergeant Corbett.

Motorists can get real time information from:

•          0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)

•          www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

For Waikato/Bay of Plenty updates they can use:

•           www.facebook.com/NZTAWaikatoBoP/

•           www.twitter.com/NZTAWaiBoP

For current travel times they can use: www.drivelive.nz

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre