Police warning to motorcyclists as death toll continues to rise on North Yorkshire's roads (From The Northern Echo)
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Police issue warning to motorcyclists
POLICE and road safety experts issued an uncompromising safety message to motorcyclists today (Friday, August 9), as the toll of motorcyclists dying on North Yorkshire’s roads continues to rise.
So far this year 11 motorcyclists have been killed in the county, more than double the number during the whole of last year, when five died.
Over the last fortnight, there have been six fatal accidents on North Yorkshire’s roads, five of them involving motorcyclists, while others bikers have been seriously injured.
This afternoon the Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Tim Madgwick joined other members of the force and 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership at Helmsley Market Place, a popular stopping-off point with many motorcyclists, to issue a stark warning.
DCC Madgwick said: “The big issue for us is speed and people using North Yorkshire’s roads as a racetrack.
"One of our road traffic sergeants last week had a debate with a motorcyclist who thought he could drive 66mph in a 30mph zone and still wouldn’t accept he wasn’t driving safely. It just demonstrates that kind of mentality.”
He said some motorcyclists were racing between car parks in the county, buying parking tickets and posting pictures of them online to prove how fast they had travelled.
DCC Madgwick said they used such posts on social media and the internet as evidence to prosecute. He said they were also increasing the use of the county’s mobile speed camera vans on routes popular with motorcyclists.
“A lot of these bikes can do 100mph plus without any difficulty at all. If they want to ride them like that there are plenty of race tracks around where they can do that," he said.
“If they want to do that on public roads our officers will use every bit of technology we can and gather evidence and work with our colleagues from the Crown Prosecution Service to get a prosecution.”
Fiona Ancell from the 95 Alive campaign, said: “As a biker myself I know how exciting it is, but because of my job I also see the consequences of these mistakes.
“We have to say to people “show some restraint”. We can’t hide the fact that ultimately a lot of the problem is rider error; people not breaking enough before a bend, losing control on a bend, or whilst over-taking.”
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