Huge road safety blitz on bikers

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BIKERS in our region are being targeted in the biggest road safety campaign ever seen in Yorkshire.

Since 2009, more than 500 bikers have been killed or seriously injured on Yorkshire’s roads, prompting Humberside Police to join with forces across the country to cut the number of casualties this summer.

Roadside education and enforcement operations will underpin the campaign with the aim of improving road-user behaviour.

This will be complemented with BikeSafe workshop sessions being run across the region; the launch of a new national smart phone application to aid riders plan their riding routes; rider information and engagement sessions throughout the summer season; and a campaign aimed at drivers to look out for riders.

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.”

Road safety partnerships and police forces are stepping up their activities which will focus on engagement, awareness and education, with the aim of encouraging the biking fraternity to help themselves and ensure they do not become yet another tragic statistic.

Humberside Police are running the next BikeSafe workshop in Beverley on April 30, with further workshops throughout the summer up to July 17.

The course includes an assessment by an advanced police motorcyclist who will give tips on how to improve your riding, as well as looking at the common causes of crashes and learning how to avoid them.

For more information and to book a place on a BikeSafe course, visit www.bikesafe.co.uk