Australia (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
Recently, the Bureau for Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Economics (BITRE) released the results of its study on Australian road fatalities. The report was released on the first anniversary of the UN’s “Decade of Action for Road Safety.” There are two sets of numbers pertaining to motorcycles, and they are very encouraging for motorcycle riders. The study gave raw data concerning fatalities, and also computed the number of deaths for each 10,000 motorcycles registered in Australia.
The raw numbers show that deaths declined 10% in 2011, and the 201 total number of deaths was the lowest in 7 years. In the twelve months from May 2011-April 2012, motorcycle deaths decreased by 10.4% from the previous twelve months – 198 deaths were recorded.
When the numbers are computed per 10,000 registrations, the outlook is even better. In 2011, the rate was slightly under 2%, which was a decrease of 12.7% from the previous year. For comparison, motorcycle deaths averaged 5% of each 10,000 registrations from the years 2002-2006. The average decrease over the last ten years has been 6.7% per year.
According to Shaun Lennard, Chairman of the Australian Motorcycle Council, “This number is still way too high. Every single road death represents a tragic set of circumstances…it’s a good sign to see the motorcycle toll- now below 200. Below 100 would be far better…Riding a motorcycle or scooter in Australia has never been safer.”
Ben Crombie, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Revolution Bike Finance, takes a similar, slightly more aggressive stance than Lennard, but is happy to hear that motorcycle deaths continue to decline: “This study is great news, but there is plenty of room for it to be even better. We have been on the record numerous times calling for riders to be more careful. We fully believe that these numbers can drop even more sharply in the coming years.”
Crombie continued, “The numbers don’t lie; motorcycle fatalities could be reduced greatly if riders obeyed the speed limit, didn’t combine riding with excessive alcohol or drugs, and always remembered to wear a helmet. The Queensland study a couple of years ago has a wealth of information on the subject."
The study to which Crombie referred, conducted by the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety-Queensland (CARRS-Q), compiled information from all motorcycle crashes in the state from 2006-2010. In 7% of motorcycle fatalities, the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet. In 39%, the rider was speeding. In 30%, the rider had consumed excess drugs, alcohol, or both.
Other causes cited by the study include lack of protective equipment, inability to see a motorcycle as well as a larger vehicle, inexperienced riders, instability of two wheels compared to four, braking difficulties, road surface, and risk-taking.
According to Crombie, most of these causal factors can be controlled by motorcycle riders: “If riders would just remember to wear a helmet, obey the speed limit, and keep the alcohol consumption at an acceptable level, a lot less people would die on the roads. When you add in factors such as risk-taking, it becomes clear that most road deaths could be avoided by simply following the fundamentals of motorcycle safety.”
Crombie concluded, “We want to see everyone make it back alive every time, with no exceptions. This means knowing what risks are acceptable and what risks are unacceptable. We think as many as 90% of motorcycle fatalities could be prevented by riding safely.”
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