Bikers’ deaths leads to warning

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MOTORCYCLISTS are being urged to take extra care in the better weather and lighter nights after the deaths of two bikers at the weekend.

Charles Hollis, aged 53, was thrown from his bike and killed in a collision on the A631, Maltby, Rotherham, on Saturday.

Paul McGrath, 47, of Darton, Barnsley, died the day before when his bike was involved in a smash with a car on Darton Lane, Mapplewell.

South Yorkshire Police figures show three motorcyclists were killed in the whole of last year, and 85 seriously injured.

Supt Eddie Murphy said: “While South Yorkshire has seen some fantastic weather during March, it has sadly contributed to one of our worst weeks in a long time in relation to road traffic collisions.

“I would personally ask all drivers, motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians to give the road their full attention and appreciate that if things go wrong the consequences will shatter lives.”

Chris Lewis, motorcycle safety officer for the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “As a motorcyclist I welcome the good weather coming but motorcyclists are vulnerable road users and it is vital bikers’ riding skills match the demands of the roads and traffic conditions.

“Riders need to ensure they are riding in a safe manner, visible to drivers. And as a biker myself I know how important it is to wear protective clothing.”