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Rider down in Isabella Plains

By johnboy - 29 March 2011 25

An 18-year-old Florey man who was involved in a collision on Drakeford Drive this morning (29 March) has died in The Canberra Hospital.

About 9.30am, ACT Policing attended the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Noorooma Street, Isabella Plains in response to a collision between the motorcycle and a car.

The rider of the motorcycle was taken to The Canberra Hospital in a serious condition and died about 3.00pm this afternoon.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) are currently investigating the cause of the collision.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said motorcycle riders are vulnerable road users and should be alert to possible dangers each time they ride.

“This is the second death of a motorcycle rider on our roads within four days. Police urge all motorists to be aware that motorcycles may be difficult to see in certain conditions and take extra care to be motorcycle aware,” Superintendent Colbran said.

This is the sixth fatality on Canberra roads for 2011.

Any witnesses to the collision who are yet to speak to police are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website at

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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dvaey 10:13 am 27 Jun 11

Primal said :

Looks like there was another motorbike incident at this same intersection this afternoon. Minor traffic mess while the police investigated but all moving on now.

Wonder how long until we’re all forced to have traffic lights or some other traffic control there, because some drivers are too stupid to see a motorbike. The stupid thing is, the driver will probably get off, because it wasnt their fault that they got distracted by their children in the backseat while changing the CD and doing the makeup, and theyll claim they were in deep thought grieving over Mully.

scorpio63 9:47 pm 26 Jun 11

It’s not a black and white issue – Dazzab says.

It is a fairly black and white issue (a rider is in the high risk category) riding on Canberra roads during Winter Dazzab. Its full on with some protection let alone without (protection) from idiots.

I love riding motor bikes however refrained from riding a road bike here in Canberra.

Speaking of black: on a rainy darker cloudy late afternoon or night, (darker day in winter) I have found black bikes with a female or bloke riding encased in black helmut, black jacket, black pants and a black balaclava fairly difficult to see coming onto roundabouts in the middle of bumper traffic right on dusk or early evening a couple of times.

Road riding in Cbr is a high risk category undoubtedly and statistically most road bike users will either be subjected to a ‘bad accident’ ie intensive care trip or die riding a bike (read the stats on the net somewhere a few years ago).

I would save the good rides for the highway travelling away and leave the bike at home during July and August working weeks to (a) live longer, (b) avoid brain and physical injuries, (c) enjoy quality of life and (d) enjoy some riding trips away from Canberra, extending longevity.

Primal 5:27 pm 26 Jun 11

Looks like there was another motorbike incident at this same intersection this afternoon. Minor traffic mess while the police investigated but all moving on now.

erma 6:55 pm 30 Mar 11

It all comes down to the fact that, even in situations where you have right of way, a motorcycle will never be as visible as a larger vehicle. Motorcycle riders need to be aware of this fact every time they ride. It is of no benefit being in the “right” when you are on the hospital bed.

georgesgenitals 4:45 pm 30 Mar 11

Mysteryman said :

… Drivers/riders are required to have a certain level of competency to use a motor vehicle on public roads. Situational awareness and due care are are part of that competency. If they are unable to do so then they shouldn’t be driving. It’s that simple.

And yet, curiously, our authorities seem disinterested in enforcing competency-based laws.

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