Reducing biker deaths
MOTORBIKE deaths have dropped thanks to an ongoing cross-border police operation, the head of Tweed Highway Patrol says.
Sergeant Rod Golden has credited Operation High Side - a combined effort by Tweed and Gold Coast police to combat rogue motorcyclists - for the drop in bike fatalities over the past couple of years.
The operation has been running since 2007, when police from both sides of the border decided to join forces to tackle dangerous motorcycle behav- iour on the Tweed and southern Gold Coast.
“When the operation commenced, motorcycles accounted for 40 per cent of our fatali- ties,” Sgt Golden said.
“But since the operation has been running with Queensland Police there have been no motorcycle fatalities in the Tweed/Byron Command, which is good news and shows the operation is working.”
Popular motorbike routes were targeted by police last weekend for the latest instalment of Operation High Side, where they conducted roadworthy and registration checks and speed detection.
Police focused on Tweed Valley Way, Numinbah Road, Kyogle Road, Tomewin Road and other areas between Murwillumbah and Currumbin, but it was not just motor- cyclists who were caught doing the wrong thing.
Several drivers were also found breaking the law, and among those were P-platers, Sgt Golden said.
He said throughout the operation, a total of 37 drivers were caught speeding.
“We caught one P-plater doing 150km/h and got another one at 138km/h, which is incredibly dangerous,” Sgt Golden said.
“We also caught a motor- cyclist doing 157km/h.
“So not only are police out there being high-profile but they are getting results too.”
A further five drivers were caught using handheld mobile phones
“We are out there targeting recreational motorcyclists and drivers.
“There's been some good results, but as the operation continues, we'd like to see a decrease in the number of speeds detected.”
Meanwhile, Sgt Golden asked that all drivers take extra care on Tweed's roads over the next few days.
“Slow down and drive to the conditions - which are very poor at the moment,” Sgt Golden said.
“Use common sense and pay particular attention to places like Sexton Hill which are notorious for crashes.”