Bid to stop dangerous driving on bikes

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A HUGE drive to target bikers driving dangerously on South Yorkshire’s roads is to be launched by police and road safety campaigners this summer.

Road safety partnerships and police forces across Yorkshire and Humber are teaming up in a cross-border operation to prevent road deaths among motorcyclists.

Humberside Police deputy chief constable David Griffin, who is also police national lead for motorcycling, said: “We urge riders in our region to help by riding in a safe and legal manner.

“We have some great riding routes to share and would like you to ride home safely to your family. We will not tolerate anti-social riding and the region’s police are working together with road safety partnerships to eradicate this problem.

“This small minority will be caught and may be diverted to education courses where possible.

“Extreme riding is unacceptable - we will prosecute and dangerous riders will be targeted by officers from all forces across all borders.”

Officers will be offering advice to bikers about safe riding as well as targeting riders driving dangerously.

The aim is to cut casualties and improve riding behaviour.

BikeSafe workshops will take place across the region to ensure vehicles are roadworthy and there will be a campaign urging car drivers to look out for bikers.

Motorcyclists from all over the country are attracted to Yorkshire by routes which take in the scenic east coast, the expansive Yorkshire moors and dales and the A57 Snake Pass.

But there is a human cost and every year motorcyclists are killed and seriously injured on the roads.