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Tackling motorcycle casualties in Yorkshire and Humber

Apr 03 2012

Road safety partnerships and Police forces across Yorkshire and Humber are again teaming up this summer to continue a regional road safety campaign aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe on the regions roads.  

 

Over the last few years the partnerships have all been working hard to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the regions. Provisional casualty figures for 2011 show that 26 motorcyclists were killed and 462 were seriously injured, which the partnerships feel this is still too many.

The region attracts motorcyclists from around the country who can experience some of the best riding routes available. From the scenic east coast to the expansive Yorkshire moors and dales, it provides breathtaking scenery and superb riding conditions for those who visit.

 

The popularity of this area brings with it an increase risk of injury cost and the region has seen a significant number of motorcyclists tragically killed and seriously injured year after year, despite widespread publicity around the consequences of irresponsible riding and driving

 

Roadside education and enforcement operations will continue to underpin this year’s campaign with the aim of reducing rider casualties and improving road-user behaviour. This will be complimented with BikeSafe workshop sessions being run across the region along with rider information and engagement sessions throughout the summer season. The 95 Alive Partnership has launched a new on-line film to compliment the routes booklet it produced last year to aid riders plan their riding routes in North Yorkshire.

 

The partnership will continue to target drivers through their Someone’s Son campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness with drivers and asks them to   look out for riders and acknowledges that the majority of crashes involve more than one vehicle.

 

The majority of activities encourage the biking fraternity to help themselves and ensure they do not become yet another tragic statistic.

 

However, there are a very small number of riders who dismiss these opportunities and think that our road network provides an alternative 'track day', where anything goes.

 

Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable David Griffin, who is also Police national lead for motorcycling, said: “We urge riders in our region to help by riding in a safe and legal manner. We have some great riding routes to share and would like you to ride home safely to your family each and every time.”

 

He continued: “We will not tolerate anti-social riding and the region’s police are working together with road safety partnerships to eradicate this problem. This small minority will be caught and may be diverted to education courses where possible. However, extreme riding is unacceptable; we will prosecute and dangerous riders will be targeted by officers from all forces across all borders. “

 

The road safety partnerships hope that by working together with the police and riders this summer will be an enjoyable and safe riding season.

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