Warning after fatal bike crashes

Three fatal crashes involving motorbikes in the Bay of Plenty in just two weeks is prompting police to warn motorists to pay attention while driving.

A motorcyclist died in a road crash on Monday in Mangakino and Craig Ritchie lost his life when he crashed with a truck on State Highway 2, near Gill Lane, on Friday night.

Three motorcyclists have lost their lives on Bay of Plenty roads in two weeks. File photo.

A funeral was held for the Tauranga rider yesterday and police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Police say the crashes provide a timely safety reminder for all riders.

“It’s that time of year when the cold, wet season is almost behind us and many enthusiasts will be dusting down their bikes for the summer,” says a Bay of Plenty Police spokesperson.

“It’s really important for riders to be extra aware of their surroundings and to constantly monitor their own riding ability.

“It goes without saying that riders involved in a crash are more likely to be injured, so please ensure you are wearing the best protective clothing you can afford and your headlight is on at all times.

“Always wear a helmet, ride defensively and ensure your bike is well maintained.”

Police say it’s equally important for drivers of other vehicle to be aware of their surroundings and remain extra vigilant in relation to motorcyclists and cyclists who aren’t as easily seen.

“Sharing the road and sharing responsibility for safety is vital if we are going to prevent more loss of life,” they add.


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