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MOTORCYCLISTS without boots stand almost double
the chance of receiving lower-leg open wounds in a crash,
new Transport Accident Commission research has found.
The TAC released the findings of its study as motorcy-
clists arrived on Phillip Island for the opening round of the
2016 Superbike World Championship.
The study revealed that 47 per cent of riders wear-
ing inappropriate footwear when they crashed – such as
shoes, runners, sandals or thongs – received open-wound
injuries. By contrast, 25 per cent of motorcyclists wearing
boots received open wounds.
Open-wound injuries include flesh wounds, traumatic
amputations, burns, blood vessel damage and superficial
The latest findings underpin a new ‘Boots’ campaign by
the TAC aimed at reducing lower leg trauma among mo-
TAC Senior Road Safety manager Samantha Cockfield
said the research highlighted the importance of wearing
motorcycle-specific footwear when riding.
“Riders don’t have anywhere near the level of protection
as drivers in a crash, so wearing the best protective gear
that is available makes a lot of sense,” Ms Cockfield said.
“Everyday footwear provides almost no protection in a
crash. In many cases, it will be dragged off as the rider
tumbles along the road.
“Motorcycle boots are specifically designed to stay on
during a crash and provide protection from impacts and
abrasion,” Ms Cockfield said.
Other ankle covering boots, such as work boots, are bet-
ter than everyday shoes but not as good as protective boots.
The TAC findings were drawn from a survey of 763 Vic-
torian motorcyclists who were injured in on-road crashes
between 2010 and 2014.
Of those who were wearing riding boots in an accident,
47 per cent received a lower limb injury, compared to 55
per cent of riders wearing other boots and 63 per cent for
those wearing other shoes.
Riders represent less than four per cent of vehicles on
Victoria’s roads but their vulnerability has meant they’ve
accounted for 16 per cent of all road deaths and 17 per
cent of serious injuries.
Last year, 30 motorcyclists died in Victoria, while 1093
were hospitalised with injuries in the 2014/15 financial
Those wanting to find out more about staying safe and
wearing the right gear can visit the motorcycle website,
Wearing the best protective gear available makes a
lot of sense, says the TAC
Supporting young drivers to be safer drivers
THE Victorian Government
will be putting more money
back into young drivers’ wallets
by rewarding safe young drivers
with a free licence.
From today, young drivers
who complete both their red
and green probationary peri-
ods with no traffic offences or
demerit points will be rewarded
for their safe driving practices
with a free three year licence.
The licence, worth $76, will
be awarded to drivers when
they receive their full licence
for the first time.
As well as having a good driv-
ing record, drivers must be is-
sued a probationary licence be-
fore the age of 21 to be eligible
for the scheme.
In addition, the tender for
the design and development of
the $24.4 million Practical Safe
Driving Program has been ad-
The program will provide be-
ginner drivers and supervising
drivers with the foundations for
safe driving, helping to support
and enhance Victoria’s Gradu-
ated Licensing System.
The program will be avail-
able for all Year 10 students
and will involve both in- car and
in-classroom components, and
link with the school curricula
It will begin to be rolled out in
schools from mid-2017.
drivers face the greatest risk on
our roads, with road crashes
continuing to be one of the lead-
ing causes of death for young
people aged 18 to 25 years.
Both the Free Licence Scheme
and the Practical Safe Driving
Program are being delivered
through the Young Driver Safe-
ty Package, a suite of five road
safety initiatives targeted at im-
proving the safety of these vul-
nerable road users.
The $146 million Young
Driver Safety Package pro-
vides young drivers with edu-
cation, support and experience
through the road safety educa-
tion complex, practical safe
driving program, L2P - learner
driver mentor program, Free
Licence Scheme, community
grants, a communication fund
and student forums.
Minister for Roads and Road
Safety Luke Donnellan said re-
sponsible and safe young driv-
ers are an example to their
peers “and it’s important that
we recognise and reward them.”
“We can reduce road trauma
among young people by reward-
ing Victoria’s most responsible
“We want to make sure our
young people are coming home
to their families safely and
we’re doing everything we can
to make sure that happens. ”
There are many sites of roadworks going on around the region at the moment and both locals and holidaymakers alike are urged
to keep an eye out for possible hazards.
Beware of country roadworks on holiday weekend
IT’S going to be a busy week-
end on Bass Coast and Phillip
But locals and visitors alike,
heading out for the long week-
end and also planning a get-
away at Easter would be well
advised to remember that it’s
also a very busy time for Vi-
cRoads’ maintenance and con-
The stable early autumn
weather provides roads crews
with their best chance to com-
plete works right around the
state, but especially in the oth-
erwise wet regions in the south
of the state, including South
and West Gippsland.
Around almost any corner,
there could be road works in
progress, possibly suspended
for the long weekend but mo -
torists must still observe speed
restriction signs which have
been placed there for your pro -
As with any holiday travel,
leave plenty of time to enjoy the
journey, as well as the holiday
itself, and you’ll arrive safe and
less stressed, ready to put the
feet up and relax.
Have a happy holiday week-
end, but take care on country
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