Police hit out at night cyclists

BICYCLE riders who use the road at night without lights fitted to their bikes are just as dangerous as motorists who do the same, says Hervey Bay Police Sergeant Dave Dansie.

His warnings follow a spate of accidents involving cyclists riding without the appropriate lighting.

The most recent accident happened on the corner of Boat Harbour Drive and Elizabeth Street last Friday night.

Police were called to the scene about 7.30pm.

While the bike rider was not seriously injured, Sgt Dansie said anyone who set out on a bike at night without lights put themselves and others at risk.

He also reminded riders fines applied to anyone found breaking the bike road rules.

“Tickets will be handed out to anyone riding a bike without the headlight and reflector lights operating and visible,” Sgt Dansie said.

“A bell or some other form of warning device must also be in place and brakes need to be fitted and working.”

The road safety warning is part of the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign.

The campaign was launched following a series of fatal accidents on the region’s roads.

We’re looking for 10,000 people to keep the 10 Drive 2 Stay Alive commitments every time they hit the road.

Take the Drive to Stay Alive pledge.



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