A MOTORCYCLIST killed in a crash in North Albury on Friday night marked the start of a horror weekend on NSW roads.
The long weekend road toll had risen to eight yesterday afternoon — with half of them involving motorcyclists.
The alarming figures prompted the state’s top traffic cop to yesterday issue a plea for extra caution as the Labour Day weekend draws to a close.
Police said the North Albury crash was discovered by a passing truck driver, who contacted emergency services.
It appeared the man, 53, was riding his motorbike east on Fallon Street when he crashed.
It is believed he lost control on a bend and hit a fence about 11pm.
The man, whose identity has not been released, died at the scene.
A crime scene was established and examined by forensic officers, but a cause of the crash is not yet known.
Investigations are continuing and Albury police have called on anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward.
It was followed by three more motorcyclist fatalities on Saturday where:
- A 21-year-old trail-bike rider lost control of his bike on a dirt track near Lake Macquarie and hit a tree about 2.15pm
- A rider crashed while travelling on the Princes Highway at Blakehurst about 3.30pm; and
- A 60-year-old rider left the road on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain, near Braidwood about 8.20pm after hitting a concrete barrier.
NSW acting traffic and highway patrol operations commander, Acting Supt Mark Cook, pleaded for motorcyclists to take more care.
“Our advice to motorcyclists is the same as for all other road users, especially when there is an increased volume of traffic,” he said
“That is to drive to conditions, take breaks and stay within the speed limit.
“Also, we cannot stress how important it is for motorcyclists to wear helmets whenever they are out riding. In a crash, this could mean the difference between life and death.”
Double demerits are in place all weekend for motorcycle-helmet offences, along with speeding and seat-belt infringements.
Police have been conducting Operation Slow Down on the state’s roads since Friday, and as of yesterday afternoon had issued 2508 speeding infringements — 404 more than the same period last year.
Statewide at the weekend, there were 192 major crashes with 56 people injured.
In the first fatality of the weekend, a 19-year-old man died about 5.15am on Friday after a single-vehicle crash at Millers Forest, and another single-vehicle accident led to a triple fatality in Maules Creek in the state’s north-west.