December 18, 2014 at 9:19 am #5482EddiebKeymaster
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MORE than 170 drivers were caught using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts this week by police officers riding new unmarked motorbikes.
The new police motorbikes are fitted with lights and sirens but are unmarked and look like a normal everyday motorcycle.
Officers riding the bikes have cameras fitted to their helmets also.
The new bikes hit the road for the first time and will be used on a permanent basis across the state.
Just in the past seeven days, officers on the bikes issued 147 infringements to motorists for mobile phone offences and another 26 fines to drivers for not wearing seatbelts.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich said the new fleet of unmarked bikes would strongly target inattentive driving, which he described as an “unacceptable phenomena.”
“We are starting to see the most prevalent version of that with the use of mobile phones,” he said.
“The intent is to try and influence driver behaviour. We want people to understand that what they are engaging in is behaviour that can kill or injure themselves or other road users.
“I don’t believe people fully understand what inattention and distraction can do. Effectively your response times and visibility diminishes and it just increase the chances of a crash quite significantly.”
A trial of unmarked police motorbikes 12 months ago saw officers issue a staggering 1300 infringements for people using their mobile phones and more than 200 infringements notices for people not wearing their seatbelts in just four weeks.
The undercover motorbikes used in the trial were not fitted with lights and sirens, unlike the new fleet which has been rolled out.
“Our officers can be anywhere at any time and with these unmarked motorcycles, they could also be anyone,” Mr Anticich said.
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