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Road rage: bikers’ safety vision

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by jdkarmch, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. From Telstra eBusiness Automotive page

    Road rage: bikers’ safety vision

    Not much has happened since the Victorian Parliament mounted an inquiry last year into violence associated with motor vehicle use - more commonly known as road rage. There has been no flurry of legislation or new strategies to deal with the problem.

    It's worth looking at the views of one group which is apparently particularly susceptible to being victims of road rage - motorcyclists.

    The Motorcycle Riders Association of Australia (MRAA) presented a number of issues to the inquiry, saying all motorcyclists are victims of "anti-motorcycle" attitudes among the community, authorities and the media, which contribute to on-road aggression and violence.

    It said the "tough" appearance when wearing protective gear could lead to people not realising bikers' vulnerability. There is also resentment by other road users toward riders and cyclists filtering through congested traffic.

    The association said the failure of authorities to address motorcyclist safety has sent a message that riders' lives are not important.

    It also acknowledged that there is fault on the riders' side, too. When vehicles present serious safety threats such as veering into the "survival space" of riders, some riders respond with aggression or violence.

    The MRAA presented a number of strategies to address the range of problems, both for riders and other road users, including:

    * Developing a written reporting system of on-road aggression and violence;

    * Recommending a "road courtesy" week;

    * Educating people on how to manage stress while travelling;

    * Improving driver awareness of riders, through better training and driver education;

    * Introducing mandatory awareness training and anger management training for serious offenders;

    * Increasing penalties for dangerous driving;

    * Promoting filtering, but requiring riders to indicate when filtering;

    * Researching the effect of exceedingly slow vehicles as a trigger for aggression and violence; and

    * Not relying on police data, as motorcycle crashes caused by other vehicles are often recorded as single vehicle crashes.

    The committee's report was tabled in Parliament. Among its

    * Steps should be taken by police to encourage the victims of road violence, road hostility and selfish driving to report their experiences to police.

    * Police should continue to review data to ensure that incidents involving road user violence are more accurately classified.

    * That police receive ongoing training in the definition of road user violence.

    * Journalists should familiarise themselves with the terms "road violence, road hostility and selfish driving" and use those terms in preference to "road rage" in reports.

    * Journalists should publicise the judicial outcomes of cases involving road violence, including details of sentences.

    1 December 2005
  2. I like star point 7 :)
  3. :applause: About time someone looked into these, wonder how often motorcycle crashes are caused by riders taking risks to get past slow moving traffic - simply avoided if drivers had the courtesy to use the left lane or to pull over from time to time if the line of vehicles queued up behind them extends way back.
  4. too bad intelligent people like this are seldom listened to :?
  5. From this: