The State Government today implemented a key recommendation of the Motorcycle Safety Review, by legalising use of European standard helmets.
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey released the review which conducted a detailed analysis of thousands of crashes over the past several years. This included analysing the crash itself as well as issues around licensing and the traffic and any criminal offence history of riders.
Mrs Harvey said the review found 20 per cent of riders killed had an illegal alcohol limit, most riders had accumulated infringements and most crashes were speed related.
"It also found 75 per cent of crashes in the metropolitan area were multi-vehicle crashes with failure to give way the main cause, reinforcing the message that all road users must share the road and look out for each other," she said.
"Motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users which was tragically highlighted in 2014, when despite only making up about five per cent of motorists, motorcyclists made up about 25 per cent of fatalities."
The Minister said the report recommended consideration be given to enhanced training and tighter alcohol restrictions for novice riders.
"While the recommendations are set to be pursued over the next four years, we have immediately moved to legalise European standard helmets which Western Australian riders have been lobbying for," she said.
The Minister said the review also recommended a widespread education campaign on a variety of issues encouraging riders to improve their safety.
"A key focus will be to encourage riders to actually engage in road safety initiatives, including through social media, workshops and greater promotion of the wealth of road safety resources already available," she said.
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