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POLICE CAMPAIGN TARGETS MOTORCYCLISTS TO PROMOTE SAFER RIDING

policebikerpu400VIDEO: More than 100 motorcyclists were stopped across Hampshire during the latest nationwide initiative to promote safer riding, however none were stopped on the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire Constabulary supported the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) campaign week between 31st August and 5th September.

The total number of motorcyclists either stopped and given advice or reported for criminal offences or involved in a collision across Hampshire was 138. On the Isle of Wight the local RPU officers did not stop any motorcyclist.

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Out of the 138 motorcyclists across Hampshire, 5 were involved in a collision. 24% were caught speeding, 14% were caught careless riding, 15% had Construction and Use offences and 47% had committed no offences, but were given advice about education courses.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Safety Officer, Sergeant Rob Heard said:

“This campaign week was a useful opportunity to remind riders that they should be as visible as possible on the road users, and riding in an appropriate way to the road and weather conditions, particularly as summer moves into autumn.

“Nearly half the motorcyclists stopped during the week had not committed any offences and were riding safely. They were stopped and updated on current courses and schemes available to them, like Bike Safe, which can help and develop riders to enjoy riding and be safer. To find out more visit the Bike Safe web sitewww.bikesafe.co.uk

“We must avoid any complacency because statistics suggest that motorcyclists remain the road user group with the highest rate of collisions and casualties per mile travelled. Motorcyclists make up just one per cent of total road traffic but account for 19 per cent of all road user deaths.

“All of us have a responsibility to ‘Think Bike’ because many collisions with motorcycles can happen at junctions. It’s important for both drivers and riders to allow extra time to show mutual consideration and respect on the roads.”

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