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New safety strategy for motorcyclists

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/09/2016

The deaths of 53 motorcycle riders last year and 3800 ACC claims has prompted a drive to reduce the risk of accidents.

Acting ACC Minister Nathan Guy says a joint strategy has been worked out with the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council to prevent crashes happening in the first place.

The council represents the motorcycling community and advises ACC on safety.

Mr Guy says the strategy is based on extensive research and centres on:

* Enhancing rider skills through ACC's subsidised rider coaching

* Addressing driver and rider attitudes and behaviours that contribute to crashes

* Encouraging the use of better safety technologies such as anti-lock brakes

* Increasing the use of safer protective equipment

* Working with authorities to make roads and roadsides more motorcycle-friendly.

"Last year 53 riders died and over 3800 made ACC claims for motorcycle-related injuries, so this is an important area of work for ACC," Mr Guy said.

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