Look out for new Police bikes

Look out for new Police bikes

police_bike_7xxPolice in Auckland City and the Waitemata district are taking delivery of five new Honda motorcycles bearing the message ‘look for bikes’ emblazoned in red on both panniers of each unit.

Another four motorcycles wearing the new livery are destined for Wellington, and one is for Canterbury.

The Police fleet contains 27 motorcycles, with 16 based in Auckland which are predominantly used in road policing. The bikes have an advantage over patrol cars in getting through heavy traffic and in enforcement around intersections, as they are easy to park without obstructing traffic flow says Police.

Police say the message on the panniers of the new motorcycles which are replacing existing fleet is to remind all road-users that taking another look can save lives.

“Motorcycle riders are the highest-risk group on our roads, being 19 times more likely to be killed or injured than car drivers over the same distance travelled,” says operations manager road policing Inspector Peter McKennie.

Last year, 44 people died on motorcycles on New Zealand roads.

“As well as being less stable and less protected than people in cars, riders are less visible to other road users,” says McKennie.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone on the roads that simply taking another look can prevent a devastating crash.”

In about two-thirds (66%) of motorcycle crashes involving a collision with another vehicle, the other vehicle bears the primary responsibility.

Ministry of Transport research shows the circumstances in which car drivers looking for motorcycles could make most difference are when the car is turning right, and pulling out at intersections.

The new Police motorcycles are Honda’s ‘authority model’, designed specifically for enforcement. It is based on the ST1300 consumer model – but all police-specific equipment, such as lights and radio, is fitted as an integral part of manufacture.

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