Queensland motorists and police will be safer as a result of newly designed police motorcycles carrying enhanced visibility and road safety messaging.
Minister for Police Jack Dempsey joined Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to launch new Queensland Police Service motorcycle livery that is safer, more colourful and more visible than ever before.
“We want to minimise trauma on the State’s roads and the new motorcycles with brighter colours, and increased reflective area will reinvigorate the operational capacity of road policing,” Minister Dempsey said.
“We’re putting more police on the beat to crack down on traffic infringements and enhance road safety for Queensland families.
“This is part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan for a brighter and safer future for all Queensland motorists and police.”
Decals on Queensland Police motorcycles have traditionally been blue and white with orange and yellow trims, but will now be predominantly yellow.
In addition to the new livery on the general fleet of motorcycles, the QPS will also release five motorcycles with a unique Fatal 5 design incorporating the Fatal 5 messages of speeding, seatbelts, fatigue, driving distracted and driving affected by drugs or alcohol.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the five motorcycles would be utilised across Queensland for enforcement duties.
“The community’s safety is our priority and over the past years we are identifying that people are becoming more reliant on mobile technology in their daily lives and that using these devices when driving significantly increases crash instances,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“The new motorcycles are used for marked patrols, speed detection and random breath and drug testing operations.”
Steve Spalding from the RACQ said road safety was everyone’s responsibility and the new motorcycles would help reinforce key safety messages.
“Motorists tell us that they support a visible police presence, and the eye catching livery of these new motorcycles will help improve road rule compliance,” Mr Spalding said.
“We see far too many lives lost on Queensland roads each year and we are very supportive of the increased awareness of the Fatal 5 dangers.”