19 Sep 2012
Road Safety Minister Jennifer Rankine has released a discussion paper outlining six proposals aimed at reducing the over-representation of motorcycle deaths and serious injuries.
Motorcycle riders are almost 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than drivers of other vehicles, per billion kilometres travelled.
"Last year, 103 people died on South Australian roads, of these 21 were motorcyclists. Over the last decade, 174 motorcyclists were killed and 1649 were seriously injured on the State’s roads,” Ms Rankine said.
The discussion paper outlines the following proposals:
> Requiring a car licence to be held for at least 12 months before being eligible to apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit.
> A compulsory six month period between the Basic and Advanced Rider Safe training courses.
> Requiring all licence holders endorsed with R-Date to have zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while riding a motorcycle.
> Introducing specific licensing and training requirements for riders of mopeds (motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 50 millilitres).
> Riders with an R-Date licence endorsement (including riders of mopeds) to be banned from carrying a pillion passenger.
> Exploring options for a Motorcycle Safety Fund dedicated to motorcycle safety initiatives to address high and disproportionate risks.
Thank you to those who took the time to provide their thoughts and feedback on the discussion paper. Comments are now closed.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to upgrade the intersection of Cross Road, Duthy Street and Harrow Terrace, Kingswood will occur this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 April.
New traffic lights and more right-hand turn lanes will be added to the junction of Bridge Road and Maxwell Road, in Para Hills, as part of a $7.23 million safety upgrade set to commence on Sunday.