Operation Grenadine curbing motorcycle fatalities

Police Minister Mark Ryan and Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating launched Operation Grenadine today – a state-wide road safety campaign designed to help curb the rising number of motorcyclists being killed and injured on Queensland roads, Queensland Police say.

Motorcycles represent 4 percent of all registered vehicles in Queensland.

Operation Grenadine is a high visibility operation focusing on both recreational and commuter motorcycle riders with the aim to increase safety awareness of riders on the roads across Queensland. The operation commences today, Saturday 28th April 2018.

Assistant Commissioner Keating said that while motorcyclists are a small group on our roads, they are over-represented in fatal and serious traffic crash data.

“One of the best things about Queensland is our weather, and it means that a lot of our community take the opportunity to hit the road and go for a ride,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“Unfortunately we are seeing a continued rising trend in riders being killed or hospitalised from traffic crashes on our roads.

“Research has shown approximately three riders, including pillion passengers, are hospitalised every day due to traffic crashes.

“We are hoping to re-dress this through both education and enforcement with state-wide operations such Operation Grenadine,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

Motorists can expect to see a high concentration of officers throughout Queensland focusing on rider safety.

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