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Police plea to bank holiday bikers

Wednesday, 31st March 2010.

Suffolk police are reminding motorists - particularly motorcyclists - to stay safe on Suffolk’s roads this bank holiday weekend.

With the weather improving and extra days off work, this time of year frequently sees an increase in motorcyclists dusting off their bikes and taking to the county’s roads.

Promoting safe riding and reducing the number of collisions in the county is a key priority for Suffolk police and its road safety partners
throughout the year.

During 2009, 42 people were killed on Suffolk’s roads, eleven of whom were motorcyclists, equating to 26 per cent of the total fatalities for the year. There were a further 82 motorcyclists who were seriously injured.

Over the weekend, Suffolk Police will have dedicated motorcycle patrols throughout the county, using education and enforcement to promote key road safety messages.

Riders will be offered advice on riding safely and the dangers of excessive and inappropriate speed. They will also enforce legislation against the small minority who endanger themselves and others through inappropriate riding and poor maintenance.

Insp Trevor Sharman from the serious collision investigation team said: “These additional patrols are primarily in place to remind people to take more care on the roads and offer guidance on how to stay safe.

“The bank holiday will give a lot of people their first opportunity of the year to get their bikes out and often their vehicles will have
been sitting in the garage over the winter period and riders wouldn’t have been out for many months.

“If you are a motorcyclist taking to the roads this bank holiday weekend make sure your bike is well maintained, you are wearing the appropriate clothing and please take responsibility for your riding so that you do so sensibly, within your capability and within the law.

“If you are a motorist, please remember to ‘Think Bike’ - always look out for motorcyclists when making any manoeuvre.”

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