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National Motor Cycle Week of Action

24 Aug 2017 13:00 PM

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From Monday August 28th to Sunday September 3rd, Northumbria Police are running an NPCC “National Motor Cycle Week of Action” campaign which is aimed at reducing the number of motor cyclists killed or seriously injured on our roads.

From the start of 2016 to the start of August 2017 in the Northumbria Police Area there have been 8 fatalities and 12 seriously injured motor cyclists as a result of road traffic collisions, which highlights the vulnerability of the motor cyclist as a road user.

This campaign will concentrate on raising awareness amongst general motorists as well as riders. Improving road safety through education and ensuring that riders have the correct skills and knowledge to ride safely.

We will engage with riders and make them aware of educational courses available (Cornering Clinic and Biker Down Courses run in conjunction with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service) which are designed to assist them in their general riding, awareness and an opportunity to learn basic first aid aimed at treating  riders injured at collision scenes.

We will be enforcing Road Traffic Legislation but where appropriate offer offenders a RIDE (Rider Intervention and Developing Experience) course as opposed to prosecution.

Sergeant Matthew Sykes of Northumbria Police Motor Patrols said:

“We are dedicated to keeping our roads safe for all users and this campaign is an ideal platform for us to build on our relationship with riders and educate the public on how to stay safe on our roads.

“Our job isn’t just about catching those who break the law, but also about keeping our communities safe and raising awareness is a big part of that.

“The courses available to riders are fantastic and an excellent way of expanding your knowledge, I advise everyone and anyone to get involved.”

For more info on the Biker Down courses please see here: https://www.facebook.com/bikerdowntyneandwear/https://www.facebook.com/bikerdowntyneandwear/