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NSW Police targeting motorcyclists this weekend

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by Deroman50, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Word from a senior member of the Motorcycle Council of NSW is that police are targeting motorcyclists this weekend.

    I'm presuming the focus will be in the NSW, i.e. Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong.

    Anyone who gets pinged for helmet or defects should contact an MCC rep or, I you don't know one, get the number from their web site - www.mccofnsw.org.au
  2. Thanks for the heads up mate
  3. Don't act like a dick head and there will not be anything to worry about.
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  4. Your stuffed then ;)
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  5. The tip is "Targeting Motorcyclists" not road rule infringements, speeding, alcohol etc. They are specifically on the warpath over motorcyclists and will need to get their quotas up so will be pulling over riders willy nilly. It is the very worst of police tactics, profiling.
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  6. Stupid PR BS.Try targeting all illegal activity like there obliged to.
  7. Sorry but that is a load of crap.

    Profiling is a valuable tool, and at the least a means of effective and economically viable policing.

    If particular crimes were being done by people of middle eastern appearance, it would be stupid to pull over everyone just to be "fair" police would target people of middle eastern appearance.

    Facts are a huge number of riders have died on the roads this year. Police will be targeting riders, one will be likely pulled in under the guise of an RBT, have their license checked the bike inspected. You'll get a little speech about safety and sent on your way. if you are doing the wrong thing you'll get fined. large number of deaths and injuries are a result of unlicensed operators and drugs and alcohol.

    Next week they will be targeting seatbelt offences, the following week there will be solo's filtering through traffic looking for teenage girls and tradies using mobile phones, the following week they will be shaking down islanders on train platforms looking for knifes.

    Pro tip - if you are getting pulled over this weekend:
    - Indicate to pull over
    - coast in rather than blipping your throttle and engine braking
    - Be polite
    - Don't biatch and moan if/when asked to remove helmet, produce license (even if its at the bottom of your back pack)

    You'll likely get sent on your merry way no fuss no muss

    Do the opposite of the above tips and your probably going to get defected for everything they can find.

    If you are particularly worried about being pulled over because your bike is a rolling defect you probably only have to avoid 3-4 roads where riders make the regular pilgrimage to kill themselves in NSW (Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong) take a ride out west instead.
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  8. No there is a significant difference between targeting specific offences such as seat belts, phone usage etc and targetting a specific section of the community.

    There is also a specific and marked difference between acting upon information gained in investigation of a crime and general trolling of the population.

    This why profiling is banned by the USA supreme court and the UK courts. Police should target specific crimes and only people if they have intelligence that that specific person has or is likely to commit a crime.

    Pulling over the general population for a "Papiere gefallen" is not what a free society should be about.

    With regards the increase in NSW motorcycle accidents, yes sadly that is so but lets maintain a sense of proportion here. The increase does not even get outside the bounds of statistical noise when you factor in the number of bikes registered for road use.

    I would maintain this police "blitz" would have little effect, if the authorities maintain otherwise let them present there measured peer reviewed statistics in support. They won't because the only thing these kind of activities achieve is publicity for the Police, "Look at us we are doing our job" and annoyance for the generally law abiding community. As a safety exercise it is worthless.
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  9. Perhaps the point is to make riders think twice about their actions every now and again?
    Plenty of people have difficulty self-regulating, and need an external reminder sometimes :)

    The last couple of blitzes around here, there were no more cops or people pulled over than normal.
  10. Did 3 loops of the old pac this morning. Not one cop. Was a nice start to the weekend :)
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  11. I ride with friends who are much more irresponsible than me. My bike could be actually on fire, and they'd still get pulled over first. GSX-R riders, sigh :D
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  12. https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=+dXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGNDUyMzYuaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ==

    the official words sound a bit different.. "Highlighting awareness and compliance" rather than "specifically on the warpath over motorcyclists"

    Police highlight motorcycle rider awareness and compliance
    Friday, 27 March 2015 05:29:38 AM

    NSW Police are highlighting motorcyclist awareness and compliance after a rise in rider deaths on the state’s roads.

    So far this year, 19 motorcyclists have been killed on our roads, four more than this time last year.
    Since 2013, motorcycle riders have been involved in 7774 crashes, where 150 riders have lost their lives.

    Officers have also issued infringements to motorcyclists (since 2013):
    Speeding - 12725
    Non compliant motorcycle helmets - 3285
    Pillion passenger Offences - 254
    Rider licence offences - 4483

    Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said both drivers and riders play a role in improving motorcyclist safety.

    "With over 214,000 motorcycles and scooters currently registered on NSW roads, there is an obvious need for motorists to be fully aware of those around them and for motorcyclists to be safe on our roads.

    "By choosing safer helmets and riding gear, motorcyclists can ensure they have the best protection while regular bike maintenance helps keep motorcycles in a safe condition for riding.

    “Everyone on the road – including drivers and riders – need to remember to keep a three-second gap, scan the road ahead and around your vehicle and be aware that speed, alcohol and fatigue can all increase the risk of having a crash.

    “We’re really serious about driving down the number of these tragic – and often avoidable – crashes and riders and drivers alike need to share the road and have a role to play.”

    General Manager for the Centre for Road Safety Marg Prendergast said motorcyclist safety is a priority for Transport for NSW.

    “Over the last year, we’ve installed new safety rails on existing barriers and satellite emergency phones, launched our new motorcycle safety campaign and legalised lane filtering as part of our efforts to improve motorcyclist safety – but we need drivers and riders to play their part as well,” Ms Prendergast said.

    “While lane filtering is legal, there are strict rules that riders must follow to ensure they filter safely, like only moving between stationary and slow moving traffic at speeds below 30km/h when it is safe to do so.

    “If you filter while travelling at over 30km/h or past vehicles travelling in the same lane at over 30km/h, you are lane splitting, and this is very dangerous for not only yourself but for everyone else on the road.

    “If you’re behind the wheel – please – look out and check twice for motorcyclists. They are less protected than you and come off second best in a crash.

    “Riders – don’t let this ride be your last – make the right decisions, manage risk and speed, stay alert, wear the right protective gear and Ride to Live.”
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  13. ^^^ Well I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
    .....Might be the beers though.
  14. You must be riding your ktm wrong.
  15. Did Jamberoo, Kiama, shoalhaven heads, back to Nowra, kangaroo valley, Fitzroy falls today and only saw a paddy wagon.....
  16. #16 iClint, Mar 28, 2015
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    Just "poor me" motorcyclist getting their knickers in a knot over nothing.

    Yes, and I am sure police in those countries make ever conscious effort not to act on racial profiling or other forms of stereotyping.
  17. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Us minority groups gotta be upset about something. Can you imagine a trucking forum bitching about crackdowns and targeting, that would be endless!!
  18. LOL

    Take up target shooting or hunting as a sport/hobby... When licensing do a "Crack down" they're not pulling you over for riding like a dumbshit... they're giving notice to come search your home. You're expected to let them in and prove your not a criminal.

    Motorcyclists have it so hard.
  19. Saw a few bikes getting the once-over at an RBT in Newcastle today... from the other side of the road. :whistle:
  20. this guy got done in ACT.. I suspect he probably deserved it :D

    A man has been arrested after crashing into a bus while riding unlicensed and drug-affected on an unregistered motorcycle and possessing suspected methamphetamine and steroids in Canberra.
    Three knives and a pair of extendable batons were also found on the man.
    It all started in the northern Canberra suburb of Giralong on Friday morning when police spotted a man on a red motorcycle overtaking other vehicles dangerously.
    A short time later police were called to a minor collision between a bus and a red motorcycle.
    The 27-year-old rider was not hurt, but police found the knives, batons and small amounts of substances suspected to be steroids and methamphetamine.
    The man also tested positive to a roadside drug test.
    Police say the man's motorcycle licence had previously been disqualified.