Vancouver Island Traffic Services File: Island District Traffic Services
Vancouver Island Riders On Track to Set Record Fatalities
Vancouver Island RCMP July 2007
One of the goals of the Nationally acclaimed Road Safety Vision 2010 is to achieve a 30% decrease in the numbers of fatally or seriously injured vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists)
Letís just talk about Vancouver Island motorcyclists for now....
From January to July 18th 2007, there have been nine (9) motorcyclists killed in traffic collisions/crashes. Of the total of 28 fatalities in RCMP jurisdictions, motorcycle riders represent 30%. When we consider that of the licensed vehicles on the Vancouver Island roadways, motorcycles constitute only 5%, why are these people being so over represented?
Letís look at each crash....
1. April 14, 2007. Qualicum Beach. Male age 53. Harley Davidson M/C. Cause of Crash: Speed and loss of control.
2. May 04, 2007. Courtenay. Male age 89. Electric Moped. Cause of Crash: Moped on wrong side of road, struck by motorist. No helmet.
3. May 04, 2007. Bowser. Male age 30. 250cc Honda Trail bike. Cause of Crash: Alcohol, no helmet, collision with auto.
4. May 25, 2007. Parksville. Male age 30. Yamaha M/C. Cause of Crash: Speed, inexperience, collision with power pole.
5. May 29, 2007. Malahat Drive (Langford). Male age 45. Harley Davidson M/C. Cause of Crash: Extremely high speed, aggressive driving.
6. June 03, 2007. North Saanich. Male age 52. Yamaha M/C. Cause of Crash: Motorist made a left turn in intersection in front of oncoming M/C.
7. June 18, 2007. Nanaimo. Male age 53. Harley Davidson M/C. Cause of Crash: Motorist made illegal left turn in intersection in front of oncoming M/C.
8. July 1, 2007. Gold River Highway (Campbell River). Male age 18. Kawasaki M/C. Cause of Crash: Extremely high speed and inexperience led to failure to negotiate slow speed corner and crash into rock face.
9. July 7, 2007. West Coast Road (Sooke). Male age 26. Yamaha M/C. Cause of Crash: Extremely high speed. Inexperience and alcohol. Aggressive driving. Ran into parked truck .
What do these facts tell us?
Helmets, safety gear, sobriety, experience, defensive driving and abiding by posted speed limits are good habits that will help our motorcycling road users stay safe.
Speed, racing, aggressive driving, no helmets, alcohol or drugs and the incredible power to weight ratio of motorcycles are factors that define just how vulnerable a motorcycle rider really is.
Do we really need to travel at 260+ kmh? Do we really want to wear inadequate safety gear?
Lastly, operators of passenger vehicles need to be aware that motorcycles are faster to accelerate, turn and stop....and that they are much less visible. A fender bender to you is a certain death to these vulnerable road users.
Letís not break another record by killing more motorcyclists.
Letís see if we can keep them all riding safely.
Island District Traffic Services
RCMP Media, /Communications
5255 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K6