Fewer bikers killed on roads

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An OPERATION to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on Derbyshire roads during the summer months has come to an end - with fewer fatalities compared to last year.

The annual Operation Focus, funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, ran from Good Friday to the end of September.

Five motorcyclists were killed on the county’s roads between April and September this year, compared to 11 during the same period in 2011.

Figures for the number of riders seriously injured are available only up to the end of July.

Between April and July this year 40 bikers were hurt, compared with 58 in the same period during 2011.

As part of the operation, police patrolled accident hotspots including the A57 Snake Pass.