Deaths bring WA motorcyclist road toll to 13

Deaths bring WA motorcyclist road toll to 13

A MOTORBIKE rider’s death in Osborne Park early Sunday morning has brought WA’s motorcyclist road toll to 13 this year.

The man was riding his red Triumph west along Hutton Street when it was involved in a collision with a black Mercedes coupe, which had been travelling north on the Hutton Street freeway off-ramp at 12.05am.

An ambulance took him to Royal Perth Hospital where he later died.

Police at a crash in which a motorcyclist was killed in Highgate on April 7.

It follows the death of a man in Highgate earlier this month and of a 58-year-old man Saturday following a crash involving three motorcycles on Charley Creek Road in the Donnybrook shire about 11.40am.

The two other male riders aged 57 and 59 were airlifted to RPH with non-life threatening injuries.

WA Motorcycle Riders Association president Dave Wright reiterated safety messages when contacted by Community News about the road toll.

The toll stands at 13 so far for 2019.

Mr Wright said there was no silver bullet to halting the toll but urged motorists to look out for motorcyclists and riders to “take care of yourselves”, watch out for vehicles and “ride within your limits”.

“We don’t want to see more families going through the distress and trauma,” he said.

He said part of riders taking responsibility for their own safety was putting themselves “in the best position on the road to be seen” by motorists.

Mr Wright also implored drivers to look out for motorbikes, particularly at intersections, which were “the greatest danger to motorcyclists in the metropolitan area”.

He said there were now 130,000 registered motorbikes on WA roads.

His organisation continued to lobby the State Government for riders to use bus lanes to “get them out of traffic” and away from cars colliding with bikes while changing lanes.

The association was also working with the WA Road Safety Commission to organise a motorcycle forum ahead of formulating the motorbike strategy for 2020-2028.

Motorcycle groups’ innovative ideas would be added to the strategy.

To contact Mr Wright with ideas, email president@mrawa.org.

Major Crash officers have appealed for anyone who may have seen the Osborne Park or Donnybrook crashes or have dash-cam footage before the accidents to call 1800 333 000.

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