-- VIC road toll down due to riders
The Victorian Scooter Riders Association (VSRA) notes how Motorcyclists and Scooterists continued to set a road safety example for all Road users in 2012, recording another significant reduction in Rider fatalities, down around 15% compared to 2011.
On the contrary, Driver fatalities increased by 18%, a damning statistic, showing Drivers, not Riders are the irresponsible road users, as they continue to perpetuate “The Law of the Jungle” on Victorian Roads.
Whereas the tabloid headlines will boast a record low road toll for Victoria, without the reduction in fatalities of Motorcycle and Scooter Riders, the Victorian Road Toll would have actually increased in 2012.
However; the authorities and much of the media continue to play the “Blame Game” portraying Riders as irresponsible road users. The VSRA wants to set the record straight and see the media work with real facts, rather than perceptions.
The VSRA accepts not all Riders are perfect, but when it comes to reducing the Victorian Road Toll, it can be seen they set an example Drivers would do well to follow.
The two graphs (pictured right) show the reduction in fatalities of Motorcyclists and Scooterists. Remarkably fatalities of Riders have decreased more than 30% since 2001, whilst registrations of Motorcycles and Scooters increased by almost 80% in the same period.
The VSRA wants to see a lager reduction in the Road Toll and believes this can occur when Drivers acknowledge Motorcycles and Scooters have a legitimate place on our Roads. Drivers need appreciate the biggest vehicle does not always have priority.
It’s time to end “The Law of the Jungle” where on Victorian Roads in 84% of Rider fatalities, where Drivers turn into, or across, the path of a Motorcycle or Scooter, the Driver is to blame.
The VSRA wants to see an end to the “Blame Game” and discrimination against Motorcycle and Scooter Riders in Victoria.
By Stephen Bardsley Spokesperson VSRA
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