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Police operations over long weekend

Riders enjoying the roads over Mt Tamborine Operation smart course
Riders enjoying the roads over Mt Tamborine

Riders should be aware of double demerit points over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend as well as police “motorcycle safety campaigns” in Victoria and the Gold Coast hinterland.

While the Queen’s Birthday weekend has been moved to October in Queensland, riders in the hinterland should also be aware of Operation North Upright which began in the area in December 2015.

On Sunday, Gold Coast police will set up their operation at the Country Paradise Springs, 231 Nerang Beaudesert Road, Nerang, from 7am to 2pm.

This will be the third time police have conducted this “road safety” engagement with riders, although they have been particularly active in this area for several months.

It is similar to the Victorian police campaign “Operation Modus”  in which riders are indiscriminately stopped and rigorously checked by police.

VicPol says they are warning riders, engaging with them, educating them and having “a conversation’’.

VicPol is also conducting a blitz on all motorists in the Otways region called Operation Regal this weekend.

In NSW, extra police are on duty during the annual Operation Stay Alert for the long weekend.

Operation North Upright also involves Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, so vehicle inspections are also expected to be involved.

Police cops speed speeding sensation operation weekendA police statement citingInspector Bruce Duck from Operations, South Eastern Police Region, says Operation North Upright is a “multifaceted road safety operation incorporating community engagement, education as well as enforcement”.

“I invite motorcyclists enjoying the hinterland area on June 12, to stop for a chat about road safety with experienced motorcycle officers from the Road Policing Command and other emergency services,” he says.

“This facet of the operation endeavours to inform riders about safe riding techniques through displays, demonstrations, and discussions.”

  1. A multifaceted campaign to harass, get bikes off the road, and tax them in the process.

    Always makes me laugh when harassment is called ‘a conversation’ or ‘a chat’.

    They overextend their charter by miles – go out there an do some real police work, treat everyone equally, and when you have cleaned up all the real criminals, spend some time doing traffic as well …

  2. I think what I like least about the “discussions” regarding road safety, is the arrogance with which they are coming across with. If they really wanted to inform us about the safe operation of a motorcycle, maybe have some kind of community engagement, with displays of their safe operation and their skills on said bikes, as well as having experienced motorcycle police give little talks for the public to listen to.

    Don’t go shoving it down our throats like we are some naughty school kids in need of a reprimand.

    The majority of riders are law abiding citizens, and don’t need to be preached to. We actively seek out topics regarding safe operation of our rides, we gear up, we make sensible riding choices, we are alert 100% of the time and vigilant to the point of obsession when it comes to road craft. It’s necessary in order to last more than a few years.

    Now some riders also enjoy what is known as ‘spirited riding’ on occasion, and those who engage in this do so at their own risk. It is their responsibility if they cause any harm to themselves or others, and I think most riders are aware of that and shoulder that responsibility by choosing when and where they do so. It is this side of riding which police really wish to eradicate, however the problem is far more engrained in motorcycle riding as a way of life. To ride a motorcycle is a thrill and for many people that thrill is found in pushing their machine and themselves, not to the limit, but beyond normally acceptable limits, as that is where the thrill is. It will continue to be a problem as long as motorcycles stand for freedom and self expression.

  3. Do things like double demerits actually work to make the roads safer?
    Or are the statistics simply pushed to another day or another type of tragedy?
    Do DV incidents skyrocket?
    Do people who’ve lost their license and possibly their job go on to do more harm than they otherwise would, like getting drunk and taking their uninsured vehicle and run over some pedestrians?

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