Beware ‘vulnerable’ road users, police urge

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MOTORISTS are warned to be on the lookout for “vulnerable road users” – such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – out and about on Mornington Peninsula roads in the warmer spring weather. They are much more likely to be injured if involved in a collision than someone inside a vehicle.

Serious injury collisions occurring during October included four motorcyclists coming to grief (two on-road and two off-road); two young children running out in front of cars; a pedestrian hit by a left-turning vehicle and an adult cyclist riding along the footpath running into a car coming out of a driveway.

Police warn drivers to “keep your eyes peeled” and motorcyclists to wear the appropriate gear, ride within the speed limit and their capabilities, and be as “visible as possible”. Cyclists should try to ride on roads suited to their bikes, be visible and obey the road rules. Pedestrians should try to walk in safe locations, be visible, use marked crossings where possible and have a good look out for traffic. Parents should hold hands with young children near roads and speak to them about road safety.

First published in the Mornington News – 13 November 2018

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