Operation North Upright targets motorcyclists

CAUTIONED: Police speak with motorcyclists during Operation North Upright.

CAUTIONED: Police speak with motorcyclists during Operation North Upright.

Police are continuing their focus on motorcyclists riding dangerously in the Scenic Rim, with a new targeted operation underway to reduce the amount of incidents on our roads.

Operation North Upright is a road safety campaign designed to raise awareness of the potential risks such as speeding, rider error and inexperience while riding motorcycles on hinterland and rural roads.

Senior Constable Sharon Macrae said there had been a steady continuation of motorcycle fatalities and serious crashes that had occurred within the South Eastern District and Western Districts of Queensland in early 2017.

“As part of Operation North Upright 2017, police from the Logan District continue to conduct proactive traffic patrols in the region,” she said.

“This includes areas from the south border - including Rathdowney, Beaudesert, Canungra, Mount Tamborine - to the northern borders including Springwood and Browns Plains.”

Senior Constable Macrae said extra resources were being assigned to the operation.

“Police from Logan District supported by State Traffic Taskforce are being rostered on weekends to target dangerous motorcycle behaviour during peak times such as early morning and late afternoons,”  said.

“Some motorcycle riders continually disobey road rules which creates hazardous risks for fellow motorcycle riders and other road users throughout the Gold Coast Hinterland and Western Districts.”

There has been a steady continution of fatalities and serious crashes that have occurred in early 2017 - Senior Constable Sharon Macrae

Acting Officer-in-Charge of North Tamborine Police Station, Acting Sergeant Scott Guerin said he intercepted six motorcycle riders on Tamborine Mountain Road early on a Sunday morning and issued them with Traffic Infringement Notices for speeding.

“Within two hours police from this station were called to attend two separate serious traffic crashes involving the same motorcycle riders earlier encountered,” he said.

Police are asking all motorcycle riders to slow down when travelling in the Scenic Rim to guarantee the safety of all road users.

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