Urgent reminder for motorcyclists to stay safe this Easter

Highway Patrol officers are urgently reminding motorcyclists to take extra care on the State’s roads after a second rider died this morning.

An investigation is now underway by officers attached to Monaro Police District following the crash involving a B-double which closed the Snowy Mountains Highway shortly after 11am today (Saturday 30 March 2024).

The rider, a man in his 50s from Central Coast, died at the scene.

Today’s fatality comes fewer than two days after a 20-year-old rider died when he hit a power pole in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs on Thursday (28 March 2024).

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden, said the long weekend’s stunning autumnal weather is guaranteed to encourage motorcyclists onto NSW roads.

“Being a motorcyclist makes you uniquely vulnerable if something goes wrong while riding,” Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.

“In a car, SUV, or truck you have layers of protection motorcyclists do not and – as a rider – you need to be hyper-aware of your choices of riding behaviour, as well as the actions of all other motorists in your vicinity.

“Riders are also at a much higher risk from a single moment’s misjudgement, and the consequences – as we have seen – may be irreversible.

“Unlike other states, NSW is experiencing fantastic autumn weather and we know hundreds of riders will take advantage of the beautiful conditions and get out on the roads.

“I urge every rider to be prepared for all eventualities: wear the right protective gear – the wearing of a helmet is non-negotiable – ride to the conditions, don’t speed, and don’t take unnecessary risks.

“I also urge all motorists to be motorcycle-aware and watch out this Easter for heavier-than-usual motorcycle activity; check your mirrors, check before merging or changing lanes, keep your distance, and give way when obliged.

“The road is there to share,” Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.

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