South Australia Shadow Minister for Police David Ridgway
Ridgway on Toy Run
Victor P Taffa
SA Motorcycle Police should wear the same level of Protective Clothing as other Motorcyclists, according to Shadow Police Minister David Ridgway.
“You’ve probably seen those Government ads on TV warning Riders to cover up… to wear leathers and protective clothing.” Mr. Ridgway told 20,000 Motorcyclists at Hahndorf Oval this afternoon.
“So as Shadow Police Minister it seems strange to me to see Motorcycle Cops riding around on patrol in shirtsleeves. This is not a good look, not a good signal.”
“What’s good for the goose is good for the goose.” Mr. Ridgway said.
Mr. Ridgway took part in today’s annual MRA Toy Run, the biggest and most successful Motorcycle run in Australia.
“This is my first Toy Run but it won’t be my last.” Mr. Ridgway said.
“Bikes make sense and not just for going to work and back. They’re a weekend ride. They’re a Sunday at Lobethal or Strathalbyn, Williamstown and Birdwood. Like the Great Ocean Road or the Oxley Highway, the Adelaide Hills gets riders from around Australia. We want them to know South Australia is biker-friendly.”
“Bikes are fun, but we can make riding safer. We’ve got to have a really careful look at South Australia’s use of cheese slicers instead of Armco. I know wire rope is cheaper than Armco, but by definition a safety barrier should be safe and from a rider’s perspective, wire rope fails that test.” Mr. Ridgway said.
Mr. Ridgway praised the MRA for organising another successful annual event.