If it’s too hot to wear it,It’s too hot to rideWith the Labour Day long weekend fast approaching, many will be looking forward to getting outand enjoying the promised warm weather.
As the mercury rises, so too does the number of motorcyclists on the roads so it is timely toremind all road users to be mindful of each other and be safe.
Already in 2016, 20 motorcyclists have lost their lives on Victorian roads, representing the worststart to the year for rider fatalities in 30 years.
But this is not about figures. Behind each of the lives lost is a shattered community and anetwork of family members and loved ones plunged into grief.
Every road user deserves to return safely from every trip so this is not about singling out driversor riders.
It is about everyone in the community taking on road safety as a personal responsibility andmaking a commitment to being as safe as they can be.
All of these fatalities could have avoided and there are steps we can all take to ensure eachother’s safety.
Driving or riding at safe and legal speeds, avoiding driving while impaired by fatigue, alcohol orother drugs – these are things that can prevent a tragedy.
Don’t let the hot weather make you relax your attitude towards wearing protective gear that cansave your life or reduce the severity of your injuries in the event of a crash.
If it’s too hot to wear it, it’s too hot to ride.
So before you climb into the saddle or the driver’s seat, plan your trip and make sure you putgetting home safely ahead of all other considerations.
It’s the least we can do for our loved ones.
Samantha Cockfield,Senior Manager,
Transport Accident Commission
A picture says a thousand wordsThe photo on the front of The Courier on 7th March was so touching. You have captured the moment between a mother and son after such a huge journey. After all the terrible news about church abuse, this photo some how makes things better.
Caroline Widdison, Ballarat
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