Helmet review helps steer motorcycle safety

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Motorbike riders are being reminded to make smart choices when it comes to choosing a helmet, following the latest release of helmet safety ratings during Motorcycle Awareness Month this October.

Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said motorcyclists were the most exposed motorists if involved in a crash, so having the most protective safety gear could be the difference between life and death.

“The Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) - a consortium of Transport for NSW, Insurance Australia Group and Transport Accident Commission – carries out tests every year against a range of criteria including protection and comfort,” Mr Toole said.

“The results were released at Crashlab this morning, as riders with the Motorcycle Council of NSW saw demonstrations of the tests and all 30 tested helmets on display.

“So far this year, there have been 37 motorcyclists killed on NSW roads. Although motorcycles only account for four per cent of vehicles on the road, motorcyclists made up 19 per cent of all road fatalities last year, with 68 deaths, while another 2,192 motorcyclists were injured.”

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the latest CRASH ratings would help riders choose the right helmet to reduce the severity of head injuries and the likelihood of death or permanent injury if involved in a crash.

“One life lost on our roads is one too many, which is why the NSW Government is proud to be supporting Motorcycle Awareness Month and committed to reducing the number of motorcyclists killed on the roads,” Mr Constance said.

“As part of our Safer Roads Program, we’re investing $5.5 million to install 43 kilometres of ‘underrun’ at popular motorcycle routes across the state, which prevents riders from sliding under regular barriers in a crash and helps reduce the severity of injuries by about 20 per cent.

“This is in addition to initiatives like our Ride to Live campaign and the development of MotoCAP, a safety ratings system for motorcycle clothing.”

Motorcycle Council of NSW Chairman Kevin Henry said responsibility for road safety needs to be shared among the motorcycling community, as well as other road users.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and motorcyclists also need to ensure their behaviour is safe and make safe choices on the road – from choosing the right helmet and protective gear, to scanning for hazards and staying under the speed limit.”

To see the new CRASH helmet ratings please visit www.crash.org.au and for motorcycle safety tips visit ridetolive.nsw.gov.au.