TAC's accident data for 2011 is as follows:
To summarise: more than half of motorcycle fatalities happened on rural roads, between 6pm and 10am, were single vehicle accidents, and almost half happened in 100km/h zones.Of the 49 motorcyclists killed in 2011:
- 94% were male,
- 57% occurred in rural Victoria,
- 47% were involved in crashes between the hours of 10am and 6pm, and
- 39% of deaths occurred on roads sign posted at 100km/h or more.
- 53% were involved in single vehicle crashes, 20% were invlolved in head on or overtaking crashes and 14% were involved in crashes with another vehicle at an intersection
Their response to this? "Speed kills, so slow down in a 60 zone" I cannot find words to express my disappointment and disgust at the juvenile oversimplification evident in this video.
Other factors to note are that the 5 year average of motorcycling fatalities is 44.8, with a noteable dip in 2009 when the summer was horrendous and bushfires ravaged many areas frequented by riders. Also worth noting is that the number of motorcycles registered in victoria grew from 100,000 in 2003 to over 160,000 in 2007, an increase of over 60% over that time, while nationally motorcycle registrations grew at an average of 8.2% from 2006 to 2011. In short there are approximately 60,000 more riders now than there were in 2006, and the fatality rate remains roughly the same - 48 in 2006, 49 in 2011. Of all the possible conclusions and areas to focus on that this data suggests, the message driven home in this video addresses none of them. TAC I want my motorcycle safety levy back.