North-West police have upped the ante over the long weekend after a string of serious crashes involving motorbikes.
Inspector Gary Williams said on Sunday police from the Western Road and Public Order Services would be conducting traffic operations designed to encourage safer riding in response to the "tragic" number of motorbike crashes recently.
He said in 2020 along four motorcyclists were killed and 71 were seriously injured in crashes on Tasmanian roads.
"With 2 motorcyclists killed and 18 seriously injured on our roads already this year (at 4 March), I urge all road users to remember that motorbike riders are more vulnerable than drivers and the consequences if they crash can be devastating," he said.
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"I implore all motorbike riders to remember that when riding a motorbike, your actions on the road ultimately play the greatest role in whether or not you get home safely.
"Our goal as police this weekend is to do whatever we can to ensure that we are not delivering tragic messages to loved ones this long weekend."
Motorbikes riders are encouraged to think twice every time they travel on the roads and:
- Be aware of your heightened vulnerability.
- Understand that your actions and choices directly influence your safety and your level of risk.
- Wear protective clothing. Anticipate and avoid hazards and risks by employing safe riding practices.
- Be aware that the very nature of motorcycle riding demands more focus and a more complex skill set than driving a car. If you are tired or affected by alcohol or drugs, you are even more likely to be involved in a crash.
- Be aware of your abilities and limitations. Respect Tasmania's roads.