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.”

Crash protection

Biker thrown from his machine

Have you spent enough money protecting yourself when out on your bike? You might change your mind after seeing this slow motion video of a crash at low speed. Thanks to BrissyRidersClub.org for uploading this.

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BIKER survival guide

A BIKER survival guide has been launched by Devon County Council to help motorcyclists improve their safety while enjoying the county’s roads.

We are all for any guides or information that may save bikers from injury or worse.

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Press release follows:

Survival guide for motorcyclists

16/08/2011

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.

Tyre safe

Tyres are the only parts of the motorcycle which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact.

It is therefore of paramount importance that tyres should be maintained in good condition at all times and that when the time comes to change them the correct replacements are fitted.

This handy TyreSafe Motorcycle PDF has loads of information about motorcycle tyres, the codes, details printed on the tyre, tyre safety and all supplied by the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association they should know what it all means.

 

Immediate Care At the Roadside in an Emergency

icare is a first aid course for motorcyclists and other vehicle users. It will supply the participants with the knowledge and skills required to manage the scene of an accident. It deals with the different types of life threatening trauma encountered at the scene.

Run by the South Western Ambulance Service, successful participants will receive a SWAST certificate. The certificate will be valid for three years and it is recommended that participants attend an annual half day course to update on their skills.

To book your place call 01305 257643 or email commercialtraining@swast.nhs.uk
www.swast.nhs.uk/services/commtraining.htm

icare poster

ICARE leaflet with supporters updated