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Police target border after crashes

Spectacular views on the Queensland approach to the Lions Rd - sturgis
Spectacular views on the Queensland approach to the Lions Rd

Police will be out in force today (Sunday, July 26) in the Queensland border region after a few nasty motorcycle crashes recently.

Here is the police notice of “Rider Survivor operation – Rathdowney”:

Logan District Police in conjunction with the Road Policing Command and Department of Transport and Main Roads will join forces this Sunday July 26, to target the issue of rider safety in the Rathdowney area through a Rider Survivor event at the Rathdowney Hotel.

Inspector Pat Swindells from Logan District said that disappointingly there has been an over representation of serious and fatal crashes

Watch out for cattle on the Lions Rd
Watch out for cattle on the Lions Rd

involving motorcycles in the area in comparison to the rest of the state.

The Rider Survivor Events are a key initiative which aims to draw attention to motorcycle safety in Queensland.

These events, held in south east Queensland, aim to engage the motorcycle riding community.


Rider Survivor days are a great opportunity for motorcyclists to combine their Sunday ride with the chance to talk to police about the safety issues faced when riding in and around the Rathdowney area.

Inspector Pat Swindells said the day informs riders about safe riding techniques through displays, demonstrations, and discussions.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to see speed detection equipment, police motorcycles and marked vehicles first hand and to have any questions answered in relation to traffic legislation and crash investigations”, he said.

Riders will be able to take a break, enjoy a free coffee and sausage sizzle while receiving information on hazard perception, braking distances and scanning techniques.

The event will commence at 10am and finish at 3pm.


  1. As I don’t know the area I can’t really make a comment, but for the cops to have to do this there must be a lot of accidents in that area !
    If the riders of that area have any views on what may be the causes to the crashes they should attend and have an input.
    Obviously the cops have a fair idea as to what the main causes could be, but sometimes riders veiws can open their minds to other causes that were not so obvious.
    Don’t be shy, have your say, you may just save a fellow riders life……
    Stay safe.

  2. This particular event is a pretty regular occurrance. Other places I’ve heard of them being held are Mount Tamborine(at the Hanggliders) and Canungra, I think they are a regular on the north side of Brisbane too(Mt Glorius). Basically it’s to put a “happy face” on interactions with the public while handing out safety info and a free sausage sizzle(it’s not an enforcement blitz). Usually it’s operated with local police, highway patrol and Transport/Main Roads/whatever Department all on board.

    I’ve never been to one as they tend not to advertise them and hold them on days that I’m not out and about, but I have heard good and bad about them(ie often good intentioned, but the official delivery tends to throw things off).

    But there could be a blitz coming as we head towards warmer weather – tends to happen each time the road toll climbs(and we’ve had a few bad weekends in the Scenic Rim).

  3. The last event like this that I saw at Mt Glorious was spoiled by one their finest in Blue sitting 200 meters down the road with trying to undo all his mates work. Needless to say not many riders interacted in any positive manner.

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