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A MAN has been released on police bail after a biker in his 70s was killed in a horrific collision near Liskeard. The driver of a BMW, a 37-year-old from St Austell, was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving on Thursday, after the fatal collision in the Glynn Valley.
Emergency services were called to the Halfway House Inn at Two Waters Foot after a lorry and a motorbike collided. The motorcyclist was a man from the Liskeard area who had been travelling eastbound towards Liskeard when he came into collision with a car and a heavy goods vehicle which were travelling in the opposite direction. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene. They said it was believed six vehicles were involved in the crash and the arrested man was not the driver of the lorry, but was the driver of a third vehicle. He has been released on bail with no charges brought against him until January 9 while officers continued their investigation.
Police would like to appeal for witnesses to this incident – either the incident itself or to any details immediately before the incident took place – to contact them on 101 and quote log 396 of 6 September 2012.
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.”
THE FAMILY of a man who was killed after his motorbike came into collision with a bus have told how he “loved life”. Peter Ringrose, from Fore Street, Bugle, was riding a motorbike and sidecar on Roche Road, travelling towards Bugle, when he and a single-decker Western Greyhound bus collided at around 5pm on Saturday. The 46-year-old Imerys’ worker, who had ridden motorbikes for about 30 years, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on the bus was injured. Mr Ringrose leaves behind his wife Tania Ringrose as well as daughters Victoria and Rebecca and two grandsons.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Call 101 quoting log number 593 of March 3, 2012, with information.
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Cullompton motorcyclist who was killed in a collision on the A35 near Honiton. Andrew Luckham, 48, known as Lux to his family and friends, was riding his black Kawasaki motorcycle in Offwell when the incident happened. He was in a collision with an Audi convertible driven by a woman in her 40s from the area just after 11am on Sunday. Despite the efforts of paramedics, an air ambulance crew and members of the public who stopped to assist, he was declared dead at the scene.
Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting log 366 of February 26 2012.
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Survival guide for motorcyclists
A BIKER survival guide has been launched by Devon County Council to help motorcyclists improve their safety while enjoying the county’s roads.
The Biker Survival Guide has been launched online at www.devon.gov.uk/bikers and provides 10 practical tips on avoiding common crash scenarios in the county and staying safe on two wheels.
Advice includes everything from knowing whether the route has a high rate of bike crashes, to tips on better cornering and overtaking techniques, as well as maintaining riding skills through training and by riding all year round.
The details of the Biker Survival Guide will be distributed by “Fire Riders” from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue, who attend motorcycle events across the county using two sports bikes as an engagement tool to speak to riders.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We recognise the benefits of motorcycles on Devon’s roads, both for commuting to tackle congestion and recreational riding which benefits the local economy when riders stop at cafes, local hotels, and B&Bs. But every year we see biker deaths on our roads and we need to continue our efforts to reduce these incidents. By taking a few moments to look at these simple measures riders will have a better insight on staying upright and getting home safely.”
In 2010, motorcycle riders accounted for seven of the 28 fatalities road deaths in Devon. Historically, motorcyclists have proven particularly vulnerable in these conditions and although riders only make up around 1% of overall traffic, they make up around 25% of those killed on Devon’s roads.
FAMILY and friends are mourning the loss of a Plymouth biker who died in an horrific smash with a lorry. Tributes have been paid to grandfather-of-four Andy Carter who lost his life when his green Kawasaki ZX9R motorcycle was in collision with a heavy goods vehicle on Monday afternoon. Shocked relatives last night described the 51-year-old as a “family man” and a “great guy” whose passion lay with motorbikes. Andy, who lived in Whitleigh, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Manadon roundabout. Relatives from the city and beyond have now been informed of the tragedy.
The accident, on one of Plymouth’s busiest roundabouts, left traffic gridlocked during Monday’s rush hour. Firemen and ambulance crews were sent to the crash, between the traffic lights on Mannamead Road and the exit to Outland Road, at 3.15pm.