Moreton police have partnered with SMART Rider Academy to implement the Keep it Upright motorcycle safety course, which equips riders with the necessary skills to stay safe on the roads.
This initiative responds to the alarming rise in motorcycle-related accidents in the Moreton District.
“Riders are encouraged to register for the course and equip themselves with the necessary skills to stay safe on the roads.”
The first day of the course was held on April 22 at the Redcliffe Showgrounds, followed by a ride around Mt Mee. The course saw a mix of riders, from those with over 50 years of experience to a learner driver with just three months of experience.
Motorcycle riders are vulnerable on the roads, and it is crucial that they possess the necessary skills to ensure their safety. Four of the seven fatal traffic crashes in the Moreton District this year were motorcycle-related.
The course is designed to be accessible to riders of all skill levels, and it includes practical tips to become a better rider, presentations from a motorcycle police officer, a forensic crash investigator, and a paramedic. The course culminates in a mentored ride with course facilitators and police officers on popular ride routes in the Scenic Rim.
Acting Senior Sergeant Sarah Grayson emphasized that there is always room for improvement, and the course is a great opportunity to develop riding skills. "A safe ride is a great ride," she said.
Registration for the course costs $50 and is heavily discounted, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government's Community Road Safety Grant Scheme. The SMART Rider Academy, with over 20 years of experience in educating riders, facilitates the course.
The upcoming courses for the Moreton District are already filling up fast, with the following dates available: August 5 and 6, September 9 and 10, and October 14 and 15. Interested riders can book their spot by visiting www.smartrideracademy.com/qps.
The Keep it Upright motorcycle safety course is an excellent initiative that aims to reduce the number of motorcycle-related accidents on the roads. Riders are encouraged to register for the course and equip themselves with the necessary skills to stay safe on the roads.