Selective Traffic Enforcement

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Whether you’re a hobby rider, commuter, or long distance rider, riding a motorcycle is a popular way Albertan’s travel. This time of year we start to see more and more bikes on the roads as the weather continues to improve. There are inherent risks with riding a motorcycle, so it is important to be aware of the associated risks and manage them appropriately. A responsible rider must be able to expect the unexpected and do everything in his/her power to make the trip as safe as possible. However, motorcycle safety involves all road users. In a vehicle, a driver can feel invincible – on a bike, a rider is extremely vulnerable. Be aware of motorcyclists on the road and give them the space they need.

 

The Facts:

Ø  3,323 motorcyclists were involved in casualty collisions over a 5-year period. These collisions resulted in 153 deaths and 3,440 injuries (2010-2014). Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high-performance capabilities.

Ø  Two-fifths (42 per cent) of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. More than half of these errors were running off the road or following too closely (2010 – 2014).

Ø  Almost one-fifth of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at a speed too fast for the given conditions. In fatal collisions, nearly half of motorcyclists were travelling at unsafe speeds (2010 – 2014).

Ø  More than two-thirds of collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury. This compares to approximately one in 10 for all collisions.

Ø  Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle collisions. A rider with a helmet is 37 per cent less likely to die than without one.

Ø  The younger the motorcyclist, the higher the collision rate. Motorcycle riders aged 16 to 17 years had the highest involvement rate per 1,000 licensed motorcyclists (2014).