Tasmania Police issue fourth motorbike safety warning after fifth fatality

Tasmania Police has urged riders to slow down after the fifth motorcycle fatality for the year.

A 47-year-old Western Australian man was killed on Henty Road near Pyramid Creek on Saturday – the fifth person to die in a motorcycle crash in the state this year.

Acting Inspector Ian Mathewson said it was “totally unacceptable”.

“All of the five fatalities that have occurred on Tasmanian roads this year have involved motorcyclists – people need to take responsibility for their actions on our roads,” Acting Inspector Mathewson said.

Saturday’s crash has prompted the fourth bike safety warning from police this month.

The first warning came after a South Launceston teenager was killed when he crashed his bike at Riverside.

The teenager was travelling “in excess of 100km/h” in a 50km/h zone.

The next day, two of the 16-year-old’s friends were caught riding at speeds of up to 130km/h in the same area he was killed.

Less than a week later, a rider who was not wearing a helmet was seriously injured during a crash in the south of the state.

“If you are detected by police riding dangerously, there’s a high probability your bike will be seized,” Acting Inspector Mathewson said.

“Our message for all road users – both motorcyclists and motorists - is to slow down and share the road – it’s for everyone’s safety.”