Eastern Courier : January 21st 2010
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, January 21, 2011 GET THE FULL MIT EXPERIENCE Course info • Explore the campus • Enrolment Plus FREE concert with J Williams • Nesian Mystik • DJae09 JANUARY From 10am until 2pm Saturday 22 January, Manukau Institute of Technology, North Campus, Gate 12, Otara Road 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz 7689 MIT00148 Visibility key: Road police constables Phillip Toms, left, and Greg Falloon are working to prevent motorcyclist deaths. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Bike safety a priority By NICOLA WILLIAMS THE stakes are a lot higher when you're on a bike. Just ask road police con- stables Phillip Toms and Greg Falloon who spend their working day on a motorcycle. The Road Crime Unit members are trying to keep the motorcycle toll down. Unit staff are stopping motorcyclists as part of an education campaign called Operation Lookout. The joint venture is being run with the Auckland Coun- cil and the Accident Compen- sation Corporation. Police are handing out packs with safety DVDs, brochures and high visibility vests. Most people are interested in safety so they have a chat and ask questions about rules of the road,'' Mr Toms says. Mr Falloon says police don't just want to be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff''. If offences have been committed they are dealt with but it's more about edu- cation and safety,'' he says. Mr Toms says police get a mixed reception from riders. Most are taking the vest and putting it on straight away but I've noticed it tends to be older guys that come across as thinking they are bulletproof and that they don't need to be told what to wear because they have been riding for years,'' he says. You definitely get seen a lot quicker wearing a yellow vest.'' He says the operation is being run at a busy time of year for recreational bikers. Mr Falloon says it is vital for riders to wear clothing that allows them to be well protected. Nationally 217 motor- cyclists were killed from 2005 to 2009. The Counties Manukau Serious Crash Unit attended 14 crashes where motorcyclists were seriously killed or injured in 2009 and 11 in 2010. Go to www.rideforever.co.nz for more safety tips.
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