Motorcycle riders have a higher risk of death or serious injury than all other road users and motorcycle riding is becoming more popular among young people.
The South Australian Government, in consultation with community and industry, has actively explored proposals to reduce motorcycle road trauma and has reviewed the Graduated Licensing System to protect novice motorcyclists.
Research undertaken by the University of Adelaide's Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR), resulted in 15 key recommendations being released for community consultation in early 2018.
The recommendations were aimed at reducing the crashes involving 16 and 17 year old riders and reducing crashes involving motorcyclists holding a learner permit or R-Date licence class.
A total of 1553 participants responded to the consultation, while key road safety stakeholders, motorcycling industry representatives and other interested parties provided feedback through formal submissions.
The consultation outcomes report Protecting South Australia’s Novice Motorcyclists: Outcomes from Public Consultation outlines the feedback from the community and stakeholders.
The majority of the recommendations that were consulted on were supported by the survey respondents and stakeholders including proposals to introduce zero blood alcohol concentration and banning of mobile phone use for all novice riders.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will continue to work with stakeholders to improve motorcycle road safety.
The South Australian Government is delivering $7.39 million worth of essential resurfacing works to five sections of the South Eastern Freeway between Mount Barker and Callington, with night works beginning this week.
Motorists are advised that a new red light and speed camera will be activated at the Globe Derby Drive/Port Wakefield Road intersection, Globe Derby Park, on Wednesday, 8 January.
Works to improve ride quality will be undertaken on McIntyre Road between The Golden Way and Wright Road, commencing each night from 7pm, Tuesday, 18 February to 6am, Friday, 6 March, weather permitting.