Some alarming news from The Bay of Plenty Times. Hospital admissions in Whakatane and Tauranga from motorcycle accidents are up 56% year-on-year. In raw numbers, however, the leap is from 32 to 50, so using percentages and drawing statistical conclusions is not really appropriate on such a small sample.
Still, the results are a concern. Especially since 16 per cent (eight) of those riders were not wearing helmets.
The Bays admissions of motorcyclists as a proportion of road traffic are four times the national average. Nearly a third of traffic accident patients there have been riders and the numbers have been increasing each year since monitoring began in 2011.
Theres clearly something dangerous going on in the Bay of Plenty, and its hard to deduce what. One frightening number from the Trauma Service Specialist Nurse, Katrina OLeary, was that almost a third of motorcycle accidents were due to driver error of oncoming cars.
Keep em peeled if youre riding in the Bay this summer.