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RoadSafe Melbourne Eastern Ranges in partnership with Victoria Police, the Shire of Yarra Ranges, and Honda Australia Rider Training (HART) is holding a Motorcycle Safety Day at the Reefton Junction, Woods Point Road in Reefton.

The event will take place on Saturday 24 October 2009 from 10am to 3pm.

Participants can look forward to receiving information on motorcycle safety, including free advice on motorcycle maintenance, rider training and safety gear. Victoria Police will be in attendance on both marked and unmarked police motorcycles and will be available to discuss rider safety issues and provide information on hoon legislation. There will be a sausage sizzle and participants will be eligible to win $100 and $50 riding gear vouchers provided by the Shire of Yarra Ranges, a Dri Rider riding jacket, and a HART rider training voucher to the value of $200 as part of the raffle prize draw.

Chairperson, RoadSafe Melbourne Eastern Ranges, Mark McGuire said, "The Black and Reefton Spurs are acknowledged as one of the most popular areas for motorcyclists in the state. Approximately 70% of riding in the area occurs over the drier months from October to March. We chose to host the Motorcycle Day at the Reefton Junction in October for these reasons".

Senior Sergeant Steve Rosewarne said, "During 2008/09, one fatal motorcycle crash resulting in two fatalities and 24 serious injury motorcycle crashes occurred in and around the Black and Reefton Spurs. The Yarra Ranges has the second highest number of casualty crashes for motorcycle riders in the state".

"The main causes of motorcycle crashes are ones in which the motorcyclist has ridden off the road. Possible causes for these crashes are new inexperienced riders, returning riders unfamiliar with the area or motorcycle, riders using these areas as a form of a time trial and/or riders suffering fatigue from a long ride", he said.

RoadSafe Melbourne Eastern Ranges, in conjunction with State and Local Governments, works with the local community and local businesses to implement road safety programs that reduce the road toll.

The Motorcycle Safety Day is just one example of the positive impact that RoadSafe has in the community and all motorcyclists are welcome to attend this unique event.


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