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Motorcyclists urged to stay safe

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Police are urging motorbike riders to be safe on the roads following recent serious crashes involving motorbikes.

In 2020, 4 motorcyclists were killed and 71 were seriously injured in crashes on the state's roads.

So far this year, two motorcyclists have been killed and 18 seriously injured.

In response to the number of crashes involving motorbikes recently, police have undertaken traffic operations this long weekend on the state's West Coast.

Police say the operations are as much about educating members of the public of the vulnerability of motorbike riders, as they are about detecting those who drive irresponsibly on the roads.

“With 2 motorcyclists killed and 18 seriously injured on our roads already this year, I urge all road users to remember that motorbike riders are more vulnerable than drivers and the consequences if they crash can be devastating," said Inspector Gary Williams.

“I implore all motorbike riders to remember that when riding a motorbike, your actions on the road ultimately play the greatest role in whether or not you get home safely."