Crashes increase as lockdown eases

One of the sad consequences of the easing of lockdown restrictions in some states is the increase in motorcycle crashes.

As expected, crashes reduced with the reduction of traffic when the lockdown started in mid-March.

A lengthy report after the GFC found a similar pattern.

It makes sense that crashes would drop as traffic reduced.

However, police also observed there was a decrease in speeding fines, but an increase in high-range speeding as some motorists took advantage of quiet roads.

Although statistics will not yet be conclusive, we have noticed several crashes involving other vehicles since the lockdown started to ease.

Over the weekend two drivers were charged after hitting and killing two riders ion Sydney, alone.

Will we now see a sharp rise in multi-vehicle crashes as riders suddenly appear on the roads again?

It’s only been about 5-6 weeks, but some motorists may have forgotten to look for riders.

There have been virtually no motorcycle crashes in Victoria, but that could change if/when their lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

Latest incidentDayGlo Queensland Police witnesses single

In the latest incident, a car and motorcycle collided about 4.25pm yesterday (10 May 2020) in Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland.

The rider was heading southwest on Lamington National Park Road when it collided with a dark grey Hyundai Tucson.

The male rider was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Our sincere best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

The driver and passenger in the Hyundai Tucson were not physically injured.

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the vicinity and may have dash cam vision, to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000967040 within the online suspicious activity form.


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