Beware – Police target bikers in Devon and Cornwall speed crackdown

In an effort to reduce the rise in motorcycle casualties across Devon and Cornwall there will be an increased presence of safety cameras, particularly at weekends and evenings during the summer period when bikers are more at risk of collisions.
The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured across the two counties has risen dramatically this year and this is a growing concern for all sectors of the community. Motorcyclists make up just 1% of road traffic but, in 2011, represented 30% of road fatalities in our region. Every one of these deaths results in terrible personal grief and trauma that lasts for years for the families and loved ones left behind.
The roads are notoriously busy at this time of the year and speed is a major contributory factor in the majority of road traffic collisions throughout the region. There are additional risks for motorcyclists, however, who are less protected and whose vehicles have less contact with the road surface than cars, particularly when overtaking or negotiating bends.
While many collisions are caused by other drivers failing to see the motorbike, fatalities and serious injuries are often down to riders losing control. Riding within the legal speed limits should greatly reduce the number and severity of these crashes.
The highly visible mobile enforcement units will be deployed to both existing and new sites, particularly on known biker routes.
Inspector Richard Pryce, Head of Roads Policing said,
“It is vital that motorcyclists understand their vulnerability on the roads. Whilst it’s right to enjoy riding, there is a need to ride sensibly and legally. We have some of the most beautiful routes to ride in the South West, but travelling at speed or riding in an aggressive manner will potentially lead to a collision and injury.
We must reduce the number of injury collisions involving motorcyclists on our roads. In an effort to do this we are mounting educational and enforcement campaigns in support of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and publicising we are doing so. Riders must take responsibility for their actions on the road, in the same way as all other road users. Safe and sensible riders are welcome, but those who choose to ride outside the law will be dealt with robustly when detected, whether that be through an educational course or prosecution.”

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