THE death of five Sunshine Coast motorcyclists - including the double fatality at Bells Creek Rd on the Bruce Highway - has caught the attention of the Queensland’s police department with the launch of a motorcycle taskforce.
THE death of five Sunshine Coast motorcyclists - including the double fatality at Bells Creek Rd on the Bruce Highway - has caught the attention of the Queensland’s police department with the launch of a motorcycle taskforce. Jason Dougherty

Police launch motorcycle taskforce

THE death of five Sunshine Coast motorcyclists has caught the attention of the Queensland’s police department with the launch of a motorcycle taskforce.

Sunshine Coast will join other districts in the North Coast police region with a specialist motorcycle squad to patrol each district over the next six months.

The other police districts included in the taskforce are Redcliffe, Caboolture, Gympie, Maryborough and Bundaberg. 

Police will provide each district with a vehicle and rider for planned operations with the assistance of the State Traffic Task Force.

North Coast Regional Traffic Coordinator Garth Peake said the deployment of the Motorcycle Task Force across the North Coast Region has been designed to have major positive impacts on the communities involved.

“The formation of the Task Force has the potential to provide significant benefits to the community in terms of trauma reduction and enforcement capability; and to deliver high-quality, innovative, progressive and responsive traffic policing services,” Acting Inspector Garth Peake said.

“The squad will be targeting known black spot areas, major arterial road networks and major events in a ‘blitz’ style enforcement operation that will involve a series of deployments.”

Ten people have been killed on Sunshine Coast roads so far this year.

Five of them were motorcyclists.

Jason Conolly, 26, was the first to lose his life just two days into the new year.

He was killed on the Maleny Stanley River Road on January 2.

Coolum Beach Caravan Park resident 58-year-old Paul Diener died after his motorcycle crashed into a power pole just outside Mooloolah on February 13.

Provisional licence motorbike rider Maroochydore’s Angus Ferguson, 18, crashed while travelling north along Duporth Avenue at Maroochydore on March 6.

Ten days later the Sunshine Coast suffered an especially horrific multiple motorcycle fatality.

Caloundra’s Darryl McPherson, 40, and Bells Creek 63-year-old William Hine were killed instantly when they collided on the Bruce Highway at Bells Creek on March 16.

While five motorcyclists have lost their lives on the Sunshine Coast, the official police road toll stands at four.

Mr Conolly was killed outside the boundaries of the Sunshine Coast police district.

Inspector Peak said the taskforce will provide the ability to engage a sizeable enforcement unit to focus on emerging issues and to provide high visibility, extremely mobile saturation policing.

“Its all about improving the safety of motorists and providing an effective, high visibility, coordinated, evidence based traffic policing strategy.  These operations will compliment existing initiatives without compromising other core responsibilities,” he said.



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