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Iron Run Motorcycle Rally at Queenstown, New Zealand

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The Iron Run Motorcycle Rally at Queenstown, New Zealand
Iron Run is an annual motorcycle lifestyle event jointly managed by the six Authorized NZ Harley-Davidson Dealers supported by Harley-Davidson Australia.

The event was held on Saturday 21st March and involves a mass ride of bikes from Queenstown to Arrowtown (similar to the Easter Egg Run) with minimal police input.

Bikes then return to Queenstown in their own time for a Harley owners bike show at the marina mid afternoon.

Great mix of motorcyclists and general public  - a fun day for all

To view all the pictures of the ride and the show, please click on any of the images above

Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be :

Sunday 22nd March at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.
Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.
If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Check Facebook if you have any doubt about the weather.
Any cancellation will be posted on Facebook by 0915hrs.

(Please note that the website will not be updated & you will not receive an email on this occasion – if you have any doubts please give Gary Ward a ring)

Photos online from first meeting of 2015 of the BWMBC

IMGP6777Photos are now online from the first meeting of 2015 of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club at Carrville on Sunday 1st March 2015.
Many Thanks to all who helped with the preparation and taking down of the track, signing on of riders and marshalling at the event – we couldn't run the club without your help & support.
Once again Thanks to John Attle of Durham Photographic Society for taking all the photos.
Next meeting of the club is provisionally planned for Sunday 22nd March.
Monday evenings at Karting NE (Warden Law) start on Monday 30th March 2015.
To view the photos of the meeting, please click on the image above, which will take you to the BWMBC website gallery and then click on the thumbnail image for the 1st March 2015

New drug drive legislation comes into force from 2 March 2015

B_BeB0hUQAA5rvcNew drug drive legislation comes into force from 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales. So long as you are following the advice of a healthcare professional and your driving isn’t impaired you can continue to drive as usual and aren’t at risk of arrest.

In the dawn of new drug drive legislation, THINK! is encouraging people who take medicines and aren’t sure if they are safe to drive to check with their pharmacist or doctor. The new law comes into force from the 2nd March and is designed to catch people who risk other people’s lives by getting behind the wheel after taking drugs, and not those taking legitimate medicines that don’t impair their ability to drive.

The new law sets limits at very low levels for 8 drugs commonly associated with illegal use such as cannabis and cocaine. There are also 8 prescription drugs that are included within the new law. These are:

  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine

However, the limits that have been set for these drugs exceed normal prescribed doses, meaning that the vast majority of people can drive as they normally would, so long as:

  • they are taking their medicine in accordance with the advice of a healthcare professional and/or as printed in the accompanying leaflet
  • their driving is not impaired

It is illegal to drive if your driving is impaired by legal or illegal drugs.

If the police stop you and think you’re on drugs they can do a ‘Field Impairment Assessment’. This is a series of tests that assesses a driver’s capability to drive.

If they think you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have a blood test at a police station. If the test shows that you’ve taken drugs you could be charged with a crime.

You don’t have to be on illegal drugs to be unfit to drive - many prescription or over-the-counter medicines can also impair your ability to drive. If you’re taking medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional before driving.

The penalties for drug driving are the same as for drink driving. If you are convicted you will receive:

  • A minimum 12-month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A fine of up to £5000 or up to 6 months in prison or both

The consequences of a drug drive conviction are far reaching and can include:

  • Job loss
  • Loss of independence
  • The shame of having a criminal record
  • Increase in car insurance costs
  • Trouble getting in to countries like the USA

Drug drive law is changing to make it easier for the police to detect and prosecute drug drivers.

A new offence of driving with certain controlled drugs above specified limits is due to come into force on 2 March 2015. These new rules will mean it will be an offence to be over the specified limits for each drug whilst driving, as it is with drink driving. The new offence will work alongside the existing offence of driving whilst impaired through drink or drugs. Drugs covered by the new rules include cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine. The limits for illegal drugs will be extremely low – one smoke of cannabis will put you over the limit.